Tuesday night (October 22, 2013) in New York a dozen queer activists from Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand protested a speech by Jamaica's anti-gay and authoritarian former Prime Minister Bruce Golding at the Schomburg Center of.
Golding’s talk was part of the Caribbean International Network Lecture Series sponsored by the Jamaica Observer, First Global Bank, Golden Krust, Jampact and Bejamins. Yes! These are the sponsors of state terrorism in Jamaica.
Chanting,“Bruce, your wanted! Unrepentant murder!” and “Gay rights are human rights!” the protesters lined the sidewalk outside the Harlem institution for over an hour and received comments from supportive and non-supportive bystanders.
In May 2010 under Prime Minister Bruce Golding's watch, over 73 Jamaican residents were massacred in Tivoli Gardens by Jamaica security forces. No one has since been held accountable.
Famously, Golding is also symbolic of Jamaica's homophobic culture. He publicly announced his opposition to gays serving in his Cabinet on BBC Hard Talk in 2008 and has since made other vitriolic homophobic statements.
Jamaica Anti-Homophobia stand feels strongly that Bruce Golding must be held accountable for the human rights offenses he oversaw during his tenure, including the Tivoli Gardens Massacre and the perpetuation of anti-gay attacks.