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Gender-Nonconforming Teen Brutally Murdered In Jamaica

Gays in jamaicaWhile the straight community may see Jamaica as a more relaxed, easygoing nation, yet another anti-gay hate crime has helped cement the country's status as "the most homophobic place on Earth". 17-year-old Dwayne Jones was attending a party while dressed as a woman. When someone recognized Jones and revealed that he was actually a male, the ensuing mob searched and exposed the teen, "chopped and stabbed him to death" before leaving his body in some bushes, according to the radio station Irie FM. Jones had been dancing with another man at the party that evening. 

This is not the first anti-gay hate crime in the country's recent history. Maurice Tomlinson, an LGBT and HIV activist who fled Jamaica in 2012, told The Washington Blade that anti-gay hate crimes have claimed at least nine lives this year alone. He claimed that this is a "400 percent increase in the number of reported attacks against LGBT Jamaicans since 2009." Currently, homosexual acts are still illegal in Jamaica, a criminal offense that can carry up to a ten-year prison sentence. 

According to Queerty, "Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller spoke out against sexual orientation discrimination and vowed to review the anti-sodomy law". She has, unfortunately, done nothing to honor this promise. USA Today reports that it is only as recently as this past June that any legal challenges have been made to the country's ban on sodomy.

Police have said that they will increase their presence as a result of Jones' brutal murder. The Jamaican LGBT Advocacy group J-FLAG expressed their dissatisfaction with the impotent response. 

"We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the teenager who was slain...We call for a thorough investigation into the murder of the teenager in Montego Bay and hope that the family and loved ones of the slained teen will find the justice they deserve."

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  1. Friends don't let friends go to Jamaica. Seriously. If their resorts all sat empty for a year or two, things would change.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 25, 2013 7:31:52 AM


  2. I have friends and family, some of whom are gay, that go to Jamaica every year on holiday. I used to try to educate them about how dangerous it is for gay people there, and why they shouldn't be giving their hard-earned tourist dollars to such a despicable country, but they just didn't care. One of them said, "It's not dangerous. We never leave the resort." Seriously.

    Posted by: Gigi | Jul 25, 2013 8:05:35 AM


  3. Don't go to Jamaica! The resorts will ask where you are going and when you will return then validate your taxi driver. They keep tabs on people staying at resorts in case they go "missing" or get "lost". The problems in Jamiaca are even worse than reported here. Stay out, tell your friends and family to stay out.

    It is true the only place you feel safe is the resort but are you willing to chance even that? The resorts are nice and lush but the areas surrounding them are pitiful. It's a terrible dichotomy between what everyone thinks Jamaica is and it's true form.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jul 25, 2013 8:27:27 AM


  4. Just stay away from Jamaica. No reason to go there at all. And if people stayed away, there might be change.

    Posted by: Joel | Jul 25, 2013 9:27:54 AM


  5. I think our community needs to do a better job at getting the word out about how bad things are down there to counter the ubiquitous ads run in heavy-rotation by the country's tourism council through all media.

    Posted by: Shelly | Jul 25, 2013 9:30:36 AM


  6. LGBT people and their friends and relatives should take no vacations in Jamaica and buy no products from this backward hate filled island.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 25, 2013 10:57:02 AM


  7. Jamaica is a cesspool of crime and violence. Jamaicans are vile, despicable, petty people whether they live here or there. No one who goes to Jamaica to the myriad of gated, guarded resorts ever leaves those resorts because they know they will probably get mugged, robbed and even murdered. Crime is rampant. The police are incompetent and unprofessional. Reporting a crime in Jamaica if an act of futility. The only solution to homophobia in Jamaica is if Jamaica were to sink beneath the waves of the Caribbean Sea.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 25, 2013 12:29:24 PM


  8. Hate crime should be prosecuted. However, it seems that the gay community is guilty of the same hate that they are fighting against.

    "The only solution to homophobia in Jamaica is if Jamaica were to sink beneath the waves of the Caribbean Sea."

    You mean similar to Sodom in the biblical myth?

    Try to be consistent and pursue a non-violent protest - even in your rhetoric. Maybe then, more non-gay people who are not europeanized will support your cause.

    Posted by: Preston | Jul 26, 2013 12:37:29 AM


  9. In a country where the murder rate stood at 1,087 in 2012 equalling to 21 Jamaicans per week, that is 3 Jamaicans murdered each day and this does not take into consideration the nearly 300 killed by the police, the killing of a cross dressing teen is not as significant as some people with their homosexual agenda would want to make it seem. Jamaica has a problem with crime. see it for what it is and not what your selfish minds want it to be. The mother of that teen is mourning a lost, yes, but so is 2 other mothers each day. Jamaica needs to fix the problem of its people having a blatant disregard for the lives of other human beings whether or not that human being is gay, straight, man, woman, young or old. This is not a problem of homophobia, it is just a murder rate much too high...

    Posted by: Garfield | Jul 28, 2013 11:29:56 PM


  10. In a country where the murder rate stood at 1,087 in 2012 equalling to 21 Jamaicans per week, that is 3 Jamaicans murdered each day and this does not take into consideration the nearly 300 killed by the police, the killing of a cross dressing teen is not as significant as some people with their homosexual agenda would want to make it seem. Jamaica has a problem with crime. see it for what it is and not what your selfish minds want it to be. The mother of that teen is mourning a lost, yes, but so is 2 other mothers each day. Jamaica needs to fix the problem of its people having a blatant disregard for the lives of other human beings whether or not that human being is gay, straight, man, woman, young or old. This is not a problem of homophobia, it is just a murder rate much too high...

    Posted by: Garfield | Jul 28, 2013 11:29:57 PM


  11. And Jamal says this: "Jamaica is a cesspool of crime and violence. Jamaicans are vile, despicable, petty people whether they live here or there..." He apparently says this to register his loathing of human rights abuses yet he evinces the same cowardly, evil mindsight at the root of the human rights abuses in Jamaica. Hardworking, right minded people live in Jamaica too just as homophobic bigots live in the USA, Italy etc. etc. To suggest that an entire country should sink in the Caribbean sea is to make manifest that you are a bigot of the worst ilk.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 29, 2013 2:49:34 PM


  12. They strike again:

    Two Homosexual Men Attacked and Mobbed in Jamaica on August 1, 2013:
    http://youtu.be/20uhlwaMo3w

    Posted by: lopezk | Aug 4, 2013 1:46:53 PM


  13. All gay should then stay away from Jamaica cuzz God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve...unless Cain done Abel in the a** and tossed em over the cliff....Stay out of Jamaica it is not a gay playground it is a murder playground which i agree with most of you scared gay people but being GAY is a crime against God,man and your very own a** holes.....how can there be babies when man and man are doing all these disgusting stuff...eeeeewwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Jah whip | Aug 25, 2013 3:50:18 PM


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