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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."


Is This the Most Homophobic 'Harlem Shake' Video of All Time?

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'Harlem Shake' videos are supposed to be all about fun. But this one is about imprisoning gay people.

The Love March Movement, which describes itself as being "dedicated to being a persistent voice in the Jamaican media for sexual purity," is behind a new 'Harlem Shake' video calling on Jamaica to retain laws criminalizing homosexuality.

Jamaica is considered one of the most homophobic countries on Earth rife with bias crimes against LGBT people, and it's not hard to see why given the content of this YouTube video.

LGBT people in Jamaica are routinely beaten by mobs, and are afraid to be free in their own country. Sexual acts between men are punishable by up to ten years in jail...

Check out this trailer for a Kickstarter-funded documentary by Micah Fink that I posted about earlier this year that tells the story of two gay people afraid for their lives in the country. It's very powerful:

So back to the 'Harlem Shake' video:

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This 'Harlem Shake' video features people dancing with signs about the dangers of gay marriage...

Suggesting that gay rights will curb religious liberties and freedom of speech...

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And even more heinously, the lie that homosexuality and pedophilia are connected.

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It ends with these messages. No wonder LGBT people want to leave the country.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Documentary Explores Dangerous World for Gays in Jamaica: VIDEO

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UPDATE: Posted this earlier this month (Feb 1) but thought I'd repost because the filmmakers have received an important boost and these Kickstarters have funding deadlines.

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is offering us a special challenge. The Pulitzer Center has generously offered to match, dollar for dollar, up for $15,000 on all future Kickstarter contributions to the film - every dollar donated over the next 19 days will be doubled!

This week I got a chance to see a rough cut of An Abominable Crime, a documentary from filmmaker Micah Fink which explores homophobia in Jamaica through the eyes of two people — Simone Edwards, a lesbian seeking asylum abroad after an attempt on her life by anti-gay gunmen, and Maurice Tomlinson, an activist and lawyer threatened after marrying a Canadian man and being exposed by the Jamaican press.

MauriceFink is seeking funds to finish his film on Kickstarter. It's a moving exploration of Jamaica's culture and a touching look into the lives of gays and lesbian who seek asylum and safety in other countries to protect themselves from human rights abuses in their own.

If you feel moved by the trailer, you can help out here.

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Prominent Jamaicans Speak Out Against Homophobia in Powerful New Video Campaign: WATCH

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Via Andrés Duque at Blabbeando comes a powerful new video campaign from J-FLAG (Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays) to fight homophobia in that country, including one from the group's director Dane Lewis.

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Says the group:

The campaign, which is called We Are Jamaicans was launched today to raise awareness among Jamaicans about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity and community, human rights, stigma and discrimination. We Are Jamaicans is a participatory video campaign hosted on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/EqualityJA. It features prominent Jamaicans such as Susan and Alexis Goffe and Javed Jaghai.

According to Lewis, “the campaign was developed following recommendations from consultations with LGBT persons, activists and allies to show the experiences of Jamaica’s LGBT community in a more diverse way.”

There is an urgent need to interrupt prevailing discourse on LGBT realities in Jamaica. Opportunities must be created for Jamaicans to see and hear about the experiences of LGBT people so they can understand what it means to be LGBT.

“Regrettably, the diversity and the complexity of Jamaica’s LGBT community is masked by media and advocacy narratives that too often focus on sex, victimhood, crime and HIV. These themes are not identity-affirming and they sometimes further entrench the marginal position of LGBT people in the society,” Lewis said.

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Gay Man Beaten By Guards, Mob At Jamaica University: VIDEO

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Here's a Jamaican Horror Story all too familiar: Two unidentified men were caught having sex at University of Technology Jamaica last night and were subsequently beaten by an angry mob, including the school's security guards. The gathered crowd just eggs them on. While one of the men managed to escape, while the other was arrested and then released to his parents, who were told he needed urgent medical care.

I've included video of the attack AFTER THE JUMP

Jamaican journalist Dionne Jackson Miller took to Facebook to not only express her disgust and sadness over the attack, but to deride people for continuously turning a blind eye to homophobia.

"[I] continue to wonder at my friends with their heads deep in the sand insisting that we are not a homophobic society. Really?," she writes.  "This has nothing to do with approval of or belief in a lifestyle. This is about a society that winks at barbarism and turns its head away insisting it is not happening, apparently all the reports of abuse are made up!!! And you wonder why we are seen as homophobic?"

The police and religious right often try to cover up hate crimes by claiming the incidents are gay-on-gay violence. The video AFTER THE JUMP shows that's clearly not the case.

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1NewsIcon Pennsylvania lawmakers don't appear interested in the ongoing gay marriage debates swirling around them.

1NewsIcon Alicia Silverstone says her first boyfriend was gay: "I've had so many crushes on gay boys. My first love was so gay, and I didn't know. I used to defend him because everyone would say he was gay, but he'd say he wasn't. Then, about six years later, he had the big talk with me."

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1NewsIcon The Carrie Diaries, a "prequel" to Sex and the City, has released a season preview and cast a love interest, a love interest we all know won't stand the test of time.

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