Stop Murder Music campaign wins black community award

Recognition for successful worldwide grassroots activism

The Stop Murder Music campaign won the Advocacy Award at the Black LGBT Community Awards 2007 ceremony in London.

The awards ceremony was held at a gala dinner event on-board on a luxury Thames River boat on Saturday evening, 7 April 2007.

The Advocacy Award was in recognition that the Stop Murder Music campaign had “brought together activists worldwide in challenging homophobic lyrics which incite people to violence against LGBT people.”

Dennis Carney, vice-chair of the Black Gay Men’s Advisory Group (BGMAG) collected the award on behalf of the campaign, which involved a partnership between BGMAG, OutRage! and the Jamaican gay rights group, J-Flag.

Mr Carney paid tribute to the dozens of gay and anti-violence groups around the world that participated in making the campaign so effective and successful:

“I thought the BLGBT Community Awards event was fantastic and I was over the moon that the wider Black LGBT community fully recognises and supports the dedication and commitment of the Stop Murder Music Campaign’s work at making homophobic dancehall lyrics a thing of the past, by voting SMMC the winner of the Advocacy Award 2006”. said Mr Carney.

Click here for a photo of Dennis Carney with the award:
Dennis Carney

“We are honoured to be a part of the campaign and delighted it has won this accolade from the black LGBT community,” said Brett Lock, spokesperson for gay human rights group, OutRage!, which played a coordinating role in the campaign.

“The Stop Murder Music campaign targeted reggae dancehall singers who released CDs advocating the murder of lesbian and gay people. We got scores of concerts cancelled worldwide, causing these murder music artists to suffer huge financial losses. Faced with this pressure, they have cut their output of homophobic songs and now rarely make homophobic statements. It has been a huge success,” said Mr Lock.

Ted Brown, the veteran black gay activist, won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was active in the London Gay Liberation Front in the early 1970s, led the campaign against Buju Banton and Shabba Ranks in the early 1990s, and is involved in the Stop Murder Music campaign today.

Man of the Year was awarded to black gay pastor, Rev Jide Macaulay. Previously an activist in BGMAG in London, Rev Macaulay is of Nigerian decent. Last year he returned to Nigeria to set up the country’s first gay church. He has since become a prominent Nigerian campaigner for lesbian and gay human rights.