Larry Chang is the founder of the Gay Freedom Movement (GFM) in Jamaica. This interview with Thomas Glave was recorded on 20 June, 2011 at Brooklyn College , USA.
This was done around the time of the launch of the Digital Archives of the GFM
Thomas Glave is the author of several books, among them Whose Song? and Other Stories, The Torturer's Wife , and Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (Lambda Literary Award, 2005). He is editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (Lambda Literary Award, 2008). He is a 2012 Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University.
Larry Chang was born in Jamaica of Hakka Chinese immigrant parents. He is a founding member of the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals & Gays, J-FLAG, having previously organized a gay group in Jamaica, the Gay Freedom Movement (GFM) as early as 1978 in a fiercely hostile climate. He held the position of General Secretary and was Publisher and Editor of its newsletter, Jamaica Gaily News.
A leader and active participant of the social justice community, Larry came to the U.S. as an asylee in 2000, and was granted political asylum in 2004. He currently resides in Washington, DC, where he continues to educate and work for social justice. He is featured in the Phillip Pike documentary, Songs of Freedom, which had its world premiere in Toronto in January 2003, and he also appears in Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World, which documents the struggle for human rights of LGBT people in the global south; it premiered at the New York Film Festival in June 2003.
Larry is an artist, designer, publisher and life counselor. He is the author of Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing and Wisdom for the Soul of Black Folk. In June 2008, he founded EcolocityDC which seeks to address environmental, economic and social sustainability issues. He is currently working on a new economic theory to supplant the monetary system and profiteering which he recognizes as the root of the global crisis.