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Monday, April 8, 2013

Gay Jamaicans attacked In Carnival Road March

Picture of  alleged LGBT Jamaicans attacked at street parade in Kingston (2013)


On April 7, 2013, during an annual street parade (Bacchanal/Carnival road march) in Jamaica a group of alleged LGBT participants (gay men) were attacked/stoned by anti-gay revellers. The gay men retaliated and their actions could be described as self-defense. 

According to Jamaica Gleaner news report, "A group of  homosexual men dancing with each other in a sexually suggestive manner were attacked by anti-gay revellers. The melee continued for about half an hour as the alleged gay men retaliated. Explosions resembling the sound of gunshots were heard and the gay men ran onto Eastwood Park Road. At least three people were injured. "

Responding to the attack, Maurice Tomlinson, Jamaica's leading Gay rights Activist, stated "While the Jamaica Gleaner’s article is more balanced, the Jamaica Observer's reporting is typically designed to vilify gays by making them out to be the instigators of the ensuing violence. Characteristically, the Observer refused to acknowledge the role of homophobia in savage assaults such as these. Instead, the paper preferred to blame gay Jamaicans for daring to be too visible. This is the type of reasoning used to justify rape as being the fault of females who dared to dress provocatively. 

I frequently point out that the Jamaica Observer is owned by Gordon "Butch" Stewart who also owns the Sandals and Beaches Resorts. It is disgusting that Butch, who employs (exploits) gays to keep guests happy is also able to profit from supporting such blatant attacks on LGBT human rights. 
Jamaica's refusal to accept the right to freedom of expression of LGBT citizens threatens to further destabilize the country. There is ample precedent that it is only a matter of time before gay Jamaicans take the matter of their liberty into their own hands. One only wonders what Sandals and Beaches will then do to counter the public relations fall-out which will drive tourists away from the island and their resorts?"


It is evident that the rights of gay and lesbian Jamaicans to exist, be seen and heard continue to be trampled and abused. Homosexuals living in Jamaica will continue to live in fear of being killed, until the government and people of Jamaica recognizes that human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights.


Reference:
 http://jamaica-gleaner.com/latest/article.php?id=43934

26 comments:

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    1. NOBODY FI DEAD IF A GAY THEM WAH BI LEAV THEM EVERYBODY HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHHOOSE WHO DEM WAH SLEEP WID

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  2. Why is this man attacking Butch Stewart and the people of Jamaica? It does not matter who commits a crime. A crime is a crime. If they were hurting people and being boisterous they will get hurt. Regardless of being gay or straight.

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    1. All of u a bom bo nuff fagat in Jamacia even the bad man dem a fool round battyboy

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  3. put himself out de an we beat him to
    Mooore FYAA!

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  4. put himself out de an we beat him to
    Mooore FYAA!

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  5. gays want everyone to respect there right, yet they dont respect other right.this is not a gay carnival.

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  6. battyboy fe DAED

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  7. as that brother says gays want everyone to respect there rights but they dont respect others rights, well dem ago feel di fyah den this is not a gay country neva have neva will be

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    1. battybwoy no av no rights

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    2. every body have rights and dem do wat they want as long as dem naw trouble mi

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  8. Gay Rights are HUMAN RIGHTS! Time for Jamaica to enter the 21st Century.

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    1. Betta we stay back a time than fi
      Go inna no century wid nuh battty boy, dem fi Dead!!

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  9. The same people who saying gays fi dead are the same ones who are gay themselves and they know them on the downlow. Majority of the Jamaican society is gay. For the writers information its not gays running tourists from the country, its the country itself. Its the gays who make them feel more comfortable. As far as im concern Jamaica is just one of the few places who dont accept gays

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    1. so tru... guys bfore we stop fight each other we jamaicans have to accept he fact that 90 percent r gay.... and becaz they dnt want any body to scorn them or bilittle them

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    2. The person who said that people who say gays should die r gay themselves, go suck ya madda!!!,

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  10. Dem batty boy yaah waah do as dem like when dem waah an we nuh fi she nuttin,IF MY GOD WIPE OUT A WHOLE CITY A BATTY MAN AND SADAMITE den how dem magige batty swim aroun yah a gwan suh. Mi just want them build a housing scheme put dem inna mek d straight Jamaicans give dem a modern day WIPE OUT.

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  11. Dah boy deh betta mine how him a call up butch stewart name.

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  12. I think it's sad that gays were attacked in this day and age. I was at the carnival and everyone was scantily clad, dancing and having a good time. Who cares if gays want to have fun, too. I'm proud to say I'm a Christian, believe Jesus loved everyone, and I support them 100%. Jamaica needs to stop this backward thinking. It's just ruining the whole country's reputation IMO.

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    1. thats immoral u queer to.

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  15. Sweet dnt ever mix my god name wit supporting gay the gay people are a bomination to heaven the gay people are demonds from hell an das wat satan use to control dem cause in their mine das a easy way to hav money on living fancy life but they are too weak to the devil

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