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Jamaican Gay Man Found Murdered, Continuing a Disturbing Trend

305316_10150368128247223_165124934_nDisturbing news out of Jamaica, where 41-year-old Dean Moriah was reportedly found dead in his home early this morning with stab wounds after his car had been stolen and his house had been set on fire.  Dwayne Brown, a resident of Kingston, shares the story on his blog Minority-Insight:

According to the Jamaica-Gleaner News paper citing the Western Bureau stated that "renowned Monetgo Bay hospitality worker, Dean Moriah was early this morning killed at Bogue Village home in Montego Bay, burnt by unknown assailants. The police say Moriah was stabbed several times before the house was set on fire with him inside. Moriah, who worked for several years as an entertainment manager with the SupperClubs group, last worked with Margaritaville Caribbean."

Based on the news report, unknown assailants (more that one person) stabbed Dean Moriah to death and set his house on fire with his body inside. It was alleged that Dean was killed because he was gay, due to the how the cruel act was carried out. This is barbaric and a moral obscenity. How many more gay men in Jamaica should be brutally murdered before Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller led government, stand up to the hate and murderous anti-gay culture and it's people?

As Towleroad reported late last month, a 17-year-old transgender woman named Dwayne Jones was murdered in the same area late last month by a mob which pursued the teen, "chopped and stabbed him to death" and left his body in some bushes, according to the radio station Irie FM.

480px-Portia_Miller_ShootLGBT people's lives have improved somewhat in Jamaica since Time magazine ran a piece in 2006 with the provocative title "The Most Homophobic Place on Earth?: for example, homophobic mobs were nowhere to be seen at the country's first Pride celebration in 2010.  And Jamaica's current prime minister, Portia Simpson-Miller, said during a debate before she took office that LGBT rights would be safeguarded by her administration:

"Our administration believes in protecting the human rights of all Jamaicans. No one should be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Government should provide the protection...."

Nevertheless, homophobia and anti-gay attacks are still rampant in the island nation, with Moriah's death another tragic example of such bigotry.  Earlier this week, we reported on a group of five gay men who were trapped and barricaded in their home by an anti-gay mob and had to be rescued by police.

Moriah's death adds to the growing numbers of a sad statistic that has no place in the 21st century.  Hopefully, someday soon, we won't have to share stories like his anymore.

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  1. Jamaica is a nation that gay and gay friendly, indeed everyone with a sense of decency should BOYCOTT, in everyway possible.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 28, 2013 8:12:28 PM

  2. That place is hell on earth. Why people vacation there is beyond me. The people there are total savages.

    Posted by: Jim | Aug 28, 2013 8:21:29 PM

  3. If people were treated like this for their religious beliefs there'd be an international uproar.

    Oh, right, it's the "religious" people in Jamaica that encourage this stuff...

    Posted by: Meah | Aug 28, 2013 8:34:10 PM

  4. @Jim: Didn't take long for a racist comment to appear out of one of you. Why not label the entire population of Russia "savages" as well? Oh, that's right, it's because they're white and white gays matter more than brown gays.

    Posted by: E.nigma | Aug 28, 2013 8:36:43 PM

  5. It's not only anti-gay bigotry. Crime is rampant in Jamaica, straight or gay. I'd avoid that one time island paradise like the plague.

    Posted by: Continuum | Aug 28, 2013 8:42:27 PM

  6. This article is incorrect. He did not die in the house. He died at the hospital. Several people didn't stab him... His good friend did. He did not die because he was gay. Please check all the facts before you post something about my long time friend. Let him R.I.P

    Posted by: Speechless | Aug 28, 2013 8:55:08 PM

  7. A BOYCOTT could be an effective tool to get the attention of the business and political leaders in Jamaica to do something to control the homophobia and crime rampant in that country. Part of what they might do is attempt top lift up the permanent underclass on that island. Jamaica is a small country of about 2.5 million people and about 2.7 million tourists visited that country last year. It's a major destination of Cruise ships, Many of those tourists are from the USA, Canada and EU nations. Among the top nations that Jamaica exports to are: USA, Canada and Norway. It seems like much of Jamaica's economy depends on nations with fairly progressive views about the treatment of LGBT people. Jamaica's major exports are: Blue Mountain Coffee, Sugar, Rum, bananas, clothing (read the labels) and a large illegal export of marijuana. It is difficult if not impossible to have an effective boycott against large nations like Russia or China but a successful boycott against Jamaica is doable.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 28, 2013 9:10:42 PM

  8. R.I.P

    Posted by: Moz's | Aug 28, 2013 9:32:06 PM

  9. That accent alone would drive you up the wall.

    Posted by: WH | Aug 28, 2013 10:04:56 PM

  10. If Jamaica is anything like even the more civilized Caribbean tourist destinations, the tourists wisely stay in the tourist resort developments and do not stray into the crime infested corrupt areas of the rest of the island. Why anyone goes to any of these places is beyond me. Some people do because it's warm in the winter and cheap. Some men, gay and straight, go there for paid sex arranged by the resort, which is something they can't do in the US with that level of anonimity.

    Posted by: emjayay | Aug 28, 2013 11:07:13 PM

  11. Its ridiculous how people come up with such rubbish and have so little respect for the dead. Dean was murdered, we don't know why and all these people who are claiming that it was more than one person that killed him and know why he was killed then my only question is "Were you there too?" If you have so much info why don't you solve the mystery and bring the killer to justice. Stop business if the man was gay and stop label him. He was Dean Moriah a good man, somebody son, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, grandson and friend to most. He never mentioned gay. Dont turn this into a gay activist moment because it's someone close to him that took him away from us,and that's what hurts the most. Stop calling him gay! Find the killer and make him tell you why he killed my brother-in-law!

    Posted by: Danielle | Aug 28, 2013 11:52:35 PM

  12. LOL at Dwayne Jones being referenced as a 'he' after being referenced as a 'transgender woman'. I guess we're only supposed to respect pronouns when they're attached to whites. Reading the story itself is a double LOL -- it was a CIS FEMALE who raised the alarm that Dwayne was not CIS and apparently demanded something be done about it, reading between the lines. The CIS males only got involved afterwards.

    Posted by: Zeta | Aug 29, 2013 3:28:22 AM

  13. Triple LOL'ing that this thread barely has ten posts, and a man died in it, while the white youtube twinks have three pages.

    @Chris, this thread underscores what you said in that thread.

    Posted by: Zeta | Aug 29, 2013 3:29:58 AM


    Posted by: BRAINS | Aug 29, 2013 8:42:19 AM

  15. Jamaica is a cesspool. It should be avoided at all costs. Jamaicans should be avoided at all costs. As vile, petty, mean and two-faced people as you would ever want to know.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 29, 2013 9:06:40 AM

  16. Aerial spraying.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Aug 29, 2013 11:42:46 AM

  17. Just introduce locusts to the island. They multiply rapidly. The "paradise" will be barren quickly.

    Posted by: Daniel | Aug 29, 2013 11:14:53 PM

  18. Dean is actually a friend of mine. He was murdered by his partner Mario Ellington. Dean was able to give the police this info before he passed.

    Posted by: christine | Aug 30, 2013 12:14:35 PM

  19. @christiine. both of them are good friend of mine and it couldn't have been mario. mario was not even in the island when it happen so get your story right and stop listening to people

    Posted by: steve | Sep 9, 2013 9:56:39 PM

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