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Activists to Protest Rising Violence Against Gays in Jamaica at Prime Minister's UN Forum in NYC

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Activists will protest against Jamaica's anti-gay laws and the rising violence in Jamaica against LGBT people tomorrow in New York, when Prime Minister Simpson Miller addresses a UN Forum on Sustainable Transport and Road Safety at the Ford Foundation.

Simpson-millerInformation on the protest is here.

The protest follows another report of anti-gay violence in the country.

A 22-year-old Jamaican man barely escaped an attack in which he was stoned by an anti-gay mob in Newlands, St. Catherine, according to Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican LGBT activist who is featured in Micah Fink's powerful documentary An Abominable Crime.

Without warning, a mob of about 20 to 30 men began shouting, “Ketch di battyboy!” meaning catch the faggot.

“Kill the battyman!” they shouted. “Hol’ him no mek him get ‘way!” meaning, Kill the battyman; hold him, don’t let him escape!

He began running for his life. Feeling three stones slamming into his back, he continued running until he couldn’t see anyone or anything. “One stone left a scar on my upper back,” he stated.

He escaped through a gully onto a football field out of the community of Newlands onto the Braeton Parkway Main Road where he got a taxi and headed home, 15 minutes away.

But “Medical attention may be needed as I am feeling back pains as well as chest pains,” he explained. “Also, when the stones caught me as I was running that night I could taste blood in my saliva. But I am not in a position to afford the medical attention which is why I have not been to the doctor as yet.”

Tomlinson said the man reported the attack to him because "he knew I was an advocate for the LGBT community."

More on Tomlinson's blog.

In recent weeks, Dean Moriah, a Jamaican man, was found murdered, and multiple instances of mob violence against LGBT people have been reported.


LGBT Jamaicans Take Stand Against Violence: VIDEO

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Despite living in a country where homosexual acts are illegal and where gay people are murdered in cold blood every year (often with no justice brought against the murderers), a small group of Jamaican LGBT activists held a protest to stand up for themselves.

Check out photos of the protest here.

"The few safe spaces that LGBT people can find, including their homes, where they can exercise their freedom of expression is under constant threat, for even in our private spaces we are not safe," read a press release from the National Anti-Discrimination Alliance (NADA).

In the last month alone, Jamaica's LGBT community has seen six murders, says NADA. Towleroad has linked to a lot of the coverage of the violence.

Those in the Washington, DC area who want to learn more about the culture of homophobia in Jamaica can check out the film The Abominable Crime, which is screening from September 19–27.

Watch the trailer for the film, AFTER THE JUMP... 

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Gay Man's House Torched After He is Murdered in Jamaica: VIDEO

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A gay man was murdered in Jamaica late last month.

Jamaican LGBT News writes:

Watch as a resident and news reporters try to allude to, but not confirm the sexuality of Dean Moriah, whose body was found with stab wounds, house set on fire, and car stolen on August 28. Dean, at the time of his death was an entertainment coordinator at Bogue Village, Montego bay, Jamaica. He was also an a well known, openly gay man.

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Moriah's death follows two recent incidents of anti-LGBT violence in Jamaica, one in which two men had to flee after an auto accident when residents accused them of being gay. In another incident, five men had to barricade themselves inside a home after an anti-gay mob gathered outside.

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Two More 'Alleged' Gay Men Mobbed In Jamaica: VIDEO

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Fierce homophobia and anti-gay violence have been on the rise in Jamaica. With multiple instances of murder and anti-gay mob violence making their way into the headlines in the last month alone, the Caribbean island nation is certainly living up to its distinction as one of the most homophobic places on the planet. This most recent report of two men taking refuge in a police station from an angry mob, just for being perceived as gay, is a continuation of this disturbing trend. 

Anti-Gay JamaicaThe incident took place on August 23rd in the small town of Old Harbour, St. Catherine. Two men were involved in an automobile accident, but had to make a swift exit when several residents accused them of being gay. An angry mob broke out shortly therafter, forcing the two men to take refuge inside of a nearby police station. The mob reportedly grew as the men continued to take refuge inside, and demanded that police hand the two of them over. Local police had to escort the two men to safety before the mob began to disperse. 

This incident illustrated precisely how hostile of an environment LGBT people face in Jamaica, since the simple accusation of homosexuality was enough to start a mob. This is not the first time such an incident has happened, either. Previously, five men had to barricade themselves inside of a house and protect themselves from a mob, simply because they "appeared to be gay". 

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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.


Five Gay Men Trapped by Angry Mob in Jamaica: VIDEO

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Jamaican LGBT News posts this news clip to its YouTube page about a group of five gay men trapped and barricaded by a mob at their home late last week. The gay men had to be rescued by police.

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JamaicaFrom the news report's transcript:

One of the angry residents stated, "we have young youth growing up, and what they (gays) want to do is take them and put them in a different direction. When we can bear the hunger and don't stoop to certain level, the youth really cannot do that. That is what really started all of this."

One shall question the rationale behind the residents fear; and possibly conclude if their fears are plausible. In what way did the alleged homosexuals earn the mob's fury? What were the alleged action and statements made by the accused homosexual man? These critical questions remain unanswered. Yet still, the actions taken by the mob were justified in their own regards. 

The fear, ignorance and misconceptions of homosexuality are the primary causes of rampant anti-gay violence and pervasive intolerance towards gays living in Jamaica. The church sows and nourishes this seed of hatred within our society. Clearly, to impede the cycle of hate and misconception of homosexuals in Jamaica, education and sensitization outreaches are necessary and imperative. Hence the role of the church and family are critical in the fight for tolerance and equality.

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