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Monday, August 19, 2013

Murdered For Being Gay: Justice For Dwayne Jones (Protest) In New York

Protesters in front of the Jamaican Consulate in New York, USA















                                                                                                                                                                 
A large group of protesters including Human Rights Activists, Jamaican LGBT members and International Allies protested against the brutal murder of 16-year-old Transgender Teen, Dwayne Jones and the inhumane treatment of homosexuals living in Jamaica today August 19, 2013 at the Jamaican Consulate in Manhattan, New York.

On July 22, 2013 Dwayne Jones a Trans-gender otherwise known as "GULLY QUEEN" and "Dwayne Gagastar Trensetta" was mobbed, stabbed and shot to death in the Irwin community, St James after an angry anti-gay mob discovered he was not a woman but a male. No arrest was made.
The brutal killings and public execution of gay, lesbian and trans-gender Jamaicans is a disheartening reality for many who live in the open and shadows. In December 2010, the body of a reported cross dresser was found with stab wounds in St Andrew. However, the murder remains unsolved.  In January 2011 the local gay advocacy group in Jamaica recorded fifty-one incidents of attacks against LGBT including, home invasions, physical assaults and mob attacks.  In June 2012, members of the Jamaican LGBT community reported that eight gay men had been murdered in the prior three months and a gay student from the University of Technology was mobbed and beaten by security guards on campus in November 2012.

Since the murder of Dwayne, a mob called for the head of an alleged gay constable on July 31th in Kingston. On August 1st, two homosexual men was mobbed and wounded in St Catherine, and on the 10th of August police rescued a transgendered woman after a mob gave chased in Portmore.

Video interview of Dwayne Jones. The 16yr old cross dresser gives his account of the harassment and abuses he and his friends have faced because of their sexuality, only weeks before his murder.

Dwayne may not be with us in flesh, but he is in our hearts and will not be forgotten. He is a fighter, and so shall we continue to stand up for justice in his name as well as for all victims of homophobia in Jamaica.

IMAGES FROM THE PROTEST

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Protesters in front of the Jamaican Consulate in New York, USA













Protesters in front of the Jamaican Consulate in New York, USA













Protesters in front of the Jamaican Consulate in New York, USA

5 comments:

  1. Why did he go out and try to deceive men into thinking that he was a woman? He should not have been killed. But it seems as if the fact that a man was at a straight party among straight men dancing with them and deceiving them into thinking that he was a woman. He was not a woman....no matter how he wished he was. You don't see a woman dressing like a man to fool another man into thinking they were with a prospective gay partner. So why did he do it! Instead of getting out of the situation before it escalated as his friend was urging him to do he kept arguing that he was a girl. Face facts, if you deceive a Jamaican man and have him a whine up in a public dance on a man pretending to be a woman it will get dangerous. Your choice what you want to be but do not deceive people and lore them into a lifestyle they did not agree to!

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