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7 comments | Monday, April 30, 2007

The above video footage was taken in Jamaica when an angry mob attacked a gay man dressed in drag in broad daylight. The homophobic climate in Jamaica is out of control ! No one should ever be subjected to violence based on their sexual orientation.This video was extremely difficult for me to watch. Allthough this type of behavior may be more prevalent in Jamaica, it happens right here in America too.

The victim in this video could have been you or me. Let's pray for a cultural change in Jamaica . And someone said the other day there was no need for a hate crimes bill, yeah right ! We should never have to lobby congress to ensure our safety, it should be a given.

Update: Youtube has since removed the video due to it's graphic nature, but you can view it here .



<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

It's amazing how so many people in the video are smiling and laughing as if this is something amusing and funny.

I've long since been aware of the general feeling towards gays in the Carribean and have made a promise to never support those communities with my tourism dollars. These countries are dependant on tourism and we have to take a stand and choose vacation spots that are gay friendly and more proactive about protecting gays. People don't and won't listen to you and your needs unless you make them...and the best way is with your money that supports them. These countries have no economic exports and depend on the money brought into their country from vacationers. Stop spending your money to support them. There are plenty of other beach based vacation islands to choose from. Make your statement with your money and how you spend it.

May 01, 2007 8:35 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...


This is funny! You said, "Let's pray for a cultural change in Jamaica."

How can you ask for such a thing? The culture feel that homosexuality is abnormal, vile and immoral,therfore, unwelcomed. Why should they [culture] change for you or any homosexual?

True, I feel that beating and causing physical harm is not the way to express dissatisfaction. However, it is their God given right to stand for what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. I hope the U.S. carefully consider what they are doing to this country if a bill like that pass our congress.

May 01, 2007 2:35 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

outside of the tourist resorts.. jamiaca is really destitute.

i agree with sister keisha.. and for my activist friend darian a simple thought:

let people like us put the "boy" back in boycott

May 01, 2007 11:16 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

@ Keisha Kornbread...

Sadly to say this is just Jamaica. This type of behavior does not occur on other Carribean islands. In the Dominican Republic, where my father is from and I visit regularly to see family, not everyone agrees with homosexuality, but it is tolerated in the society. The same goes in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Barbados, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, etc.

@ the Captain
I'm not sure what world you live in but to beat (or kill) someone because you don't like their lifestyle or consider them vile, sexual deviants isn't right. I took Darian's comment to mean that a culture change in Jamaica would be a shift from the senseless beatings and killngs that have been occurring in Jamaica. Yeah, some cultures like Jamaica abhor homosexuality, but the beatings and killings are just uncalled for. I guess the Captain should go back in time and relive the slavery area to understand how beating someone because they're different is not humane. Nor in line with the lessons of love that Jesus preached in the New Testament. But everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs no matter how ignorant they maybe. But I draw the line when those beliefs and ignorance create situations like this.

May 02, 2007 12:44 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Thank you Omar. Your response to The Captain was right on, and you got your point across without using profanity. God knows I wanted to respond to his foolishness but every other word would have looked like this ##** !!! I'm learning to ignore Randy(his real name). I find it very interesting that he doesn't leave these kind of comments on Keith or Rod's site. Probably because their readership is larger and the kids would eat him alive(and not in the way he likes)!

May 02, 2007 1:03 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

The Captain said, "True, I feel that beating and causing physical harm is not the way to express dissatisfaction. "

May 02, 2007 5:14 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I agree with Kornbread!!
Someone please pray for Captains Computer to crash!! or be infected..

May 31, 2007 7:50 PM


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