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  1. Salt says

    Whenever I see advertisements for travel to Jamaica, or hear about the ‘relaxed Jamaican attitude’, or hear anything about their ‘one love’ message, this is what I think about and see in my mind.

    How generous to allow the youth to continue subsisting in the sewers. They’re so kind and merciful, so conscientious.

    This is part of Jamaica’s legacy that I suppose only some will know about and not forget.

  2. V-8 says

    this is terrible, and sadly it happens all around the world, including the US… while I agree with the protesting in Sochi and support marriage equality, I think situations like this need to be prioritized, because they touch on basic human dignity that these kids r being denied… so so so sad…

    I’ve always wanted to go to the caribbean, but all these stories about the islands make me think I may never get there…

  3. SpaceCadet says

    I think I’m going to resist watching the video because it would probably make me really sad. Children anywhere, gay or straight, should not have to live like that, abandoned and living in the sewers.

  4. gregorybrown says

    I agree with V-8. These kids and most of the multitude like them will never have a chance to compete as Olympians–and no more chance to join the rich throngs who treat the Olympics as just another chic tourist jaunt. And few of them can hope to aspire to the heteronormative middle class benefits of marriage equality. They have a daily struggle to stay alive.
    We ignore them and fail to include them in our fantasy of a Good Gay World at peril to our own souls and humanity. Somebody refusing to bake a cake for them on “religious grounds” is an unimaginable dream.

  5. Eamon says

    Jamaica, like Uganda, is a member—in good standing— of the Commonwealth. No, not the Russian Commonwealth—the “British” Commonwealth.

    Obviously, there are absolutely NO STANDARDS for membership in that club of former British colonies.

  6. Neil says

    It’s certainly not unique to Jamaica. I saw a video recently about a lot of people who live in the sewers of Las Vegas. They even have furniture there, but they have to keep it out of the water.

  7. *****overTX says

    What a wonderful place for Sony to provide some of its Wheel of Fortune winners a vacation in. I wonder if their 5 nights stay for winners include a tour of the sewers?

  8. RayRay says

    So condemned by society that the guardians of justice didn’t even want them to take shelter in the sewers. They had to have a Judge rule that they could shelter there. The inhumanity of our fellow man to their own children.

    What human rights or humane organization is working to help them? Start calling US organizations first thing in the morning. This has to stop.

  9. tristram says

    Wow. Just wow. The next time right wing anti-gay nutjobs complain about gay people ‘bullying’ them for equal rights, they should be forced to spend a night with these kids in the sewers. Then we’ll see see how strong their convictions stay.

  10. Kev C says

    Black people can be tricked by evangelicals into being homophobic, and gays can be tricked by evangelicals into being straight. Man, those evangelicals are tricky.

  11. MaryM says

    Shocking story.

    But was really irritates me about it is how in stories like this (along with stories concerning even more evil countries in Africa) blame is assigned to US evangelical churches.

    Jamaica’s genocidal homophobia is completely Jamaica’s fault. The US churches go there in the full knowledge that they are preaching to a supportive audience.

    Jamaica is a backward dump and should be avoided.

  12. miami says

    Watch some of the other video from the news programs. Its all about the neighbors who are afraid of the youths congregating on the street. Nothing about why youths have been evicted or run away from their homophobic families. There is even a constant refrain about returning them to their homophobic families or jailing the LGBT youths.

  13. Martin says

    Has anyone living in the United States looked at the rates of LGBT suicides? What about the stats for LGBT kids who are runaways?

    It’s amazing how many people who make comments on Towleroad ignore the horror that exists in their own country. Things are not sunshine and lollipops for LGBT people in the USA. Get beyond your little bubble. The majority of states do not offer protection against discrimination in housing or employment. Many LGBT kids are still kicked out of their homes, bullied (to death) by their peers, face poverty, and are marginalized.

    Some of you have Stockholm Syndrome and fail to recognize how bad things are for many LGBT people here in the US. Doesn’t this site report suicide stories of teens often??

  14. Just_a_guy says

    @eamon: fascinating and terrible. Well, there’s no time like the present for countries like Canada and the U.K. to be demanded to answer to their foreign policy support of regimes like Jamaica and Uganda.

    @Marym: what? Excuse me? I have met very few honest evangelicals, and we all know the unconscionable hate against gay people that so many powerful and rich evangelicals spout as their CORE tenet in life. They go to a place like Jamaica and no doubt inculcate their hate, inevitably sometimes in exchange for food or aid to poor folk.

    How can Jamaica’s unspeakable acts against gay people NOT be a symptom of the “Christian” “evangelicals” who export their brand of hate designed precisely to exert the coercive power of the state against convenient lgbt skapegoats.

    Heck, exhibit A: Cathi Herrod, Center for Arizona Policy (CAP)

    Exhibit B:
    @eamon: fascinating and terrible. Well, there’s no time like the present for countries like Canada and the U.K. to be demanded to answer to their foreign policy support of regimes like Jamaica and Uganda.

    @Marym: what? Excuse me? I have met very few honest evangelicals, and we all know the unconscionable hate against gay people that so many powerful and rich evangelicals spout as their CORE tenet in life. They go to a place like Jamaica and no doubt inculcate their hate, inevitably sometimes in exchange for food or aid to poor folk.

    How can Jamaica’s unspeakable acts against gay people NOT be a symptom of the “Christian” “evangelicals” who export their brand of hate designed precisely to exert the coercive power of the state against convenient lgbt skapegoats.

    Heck, exhibit A: Cathi Herrod, Center for Arizona Policy (CAP)

    Exhibit B:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=204550149

    I’m not convinced that most “evangelicals” have any soul to speak of. Truly Christian they are emphatically NOT.

  15. says

    If you believe being gay is a choice, like conservative Christians do, then it’s your own fault you are treated the way society treats you, my response is, if you choose to be a Christian, and there is no question that it IS a choice, them when you die on your little missionary head trips in countries that don’t want you, you asked for it. The same goes for Christians persecuted in countries that lynch them,

  16. Guest says

    In the info for the above video, the uploader states that they are trying to build a home for these youth and to visit openarmsmcc.org if you wish to help.

  17. Chad says

    To Aemon – Good point! You have inspired me to write my MP to ask that Uganda and Jamaica be suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations. Already written and sent.
    I would point out that the UK has already suspended aid to Uganda:
    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/02/25/uk-government-confirms-aid-will-go-ugandan-government-wake-anti-gay-law/
    It was already suspended due to corruption last year, but the anti-gay law has added pressure to keep it suspended. At least we have done that.

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