there is a unique level of homophobia present in jamaica but it is important to recognize that this is not solely specific to jamaica…we all, as humans, have a vested interest in preserving the lives of our community members!
High-horse of urgency vs. callous indifference
I met some remarkably resilient young Jamaican men on Sept. 10, 2013. We were together at the latest anti-homophobia stand [protest] in Kingston entitled “Even in Private.”
These brave front-line warriors in the Jamaican LGBT liberation struggle were all kicked out of their homes because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. Some have been on the streets surviving by their wits from as early as 11 years old.
After being hounded by the police and an uncaring society from one abandoned building to another, some of these individuals now sleep in the gullies and drain pipes across the city, only re-emerging at night to scrounge for a living. They even watched as buildings they once occupied were demolished soon after their forcible eviction by police so that the youngsters could not “re-infest” them.
Desperation drives these homeless men who have sex with…
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