Infuriatingly sad story coming out of Jamaica
Dwayne Jones, a 17 year old Jamaican teen was at a street party on July 22 in the Irwin community near Montego Bay wearing femme attire at the time and dancing with a cis male.
Unfortunately sometime around 4:00 AM local time Jones was outed by a cis woman, held by another cis male party attendee, searched by another cis male and when it was discovered the genitalia didn't match the femme clothing Jones was wearing the teen was set upon by a mob.
The teen was chopped, stabbed and shot to death. The body was dumped in bushes along the side of the Orange main road where it was subsequently discovered at 5:00 AM local time.
Jamaican police are stating that patrols will be increased in the area, but that doesn't help Jones, the teen who is dead now because of the rampant homophobic and transphobic ignorance of the denizens of Irwin.
And speaking of rampant transphobic ignorance, it's starting to run wild in the comment threads and there needs to be people pushing back in them.
Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) said they
have documented nine cases of TBLG people killed in Jamaica this
year and have reported a 400% rise in homophobic attacks since 2009.
Jamaican churches have also gleefully increased their anti-gay rhetoric and fiercely lobbied against an effort by Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller last year to repeal the odious British colonial era buggery law fueling much of the anti-LGBT animus in the island nation.
A looming conscience vote in the wake of a review of the buggery law is also drawing the ire of fundies.
We can't overlook the role of American based fundie conservative Christian groups injecting their vile poisonous doctrine into this volatile mix of injustice. In the Montego Bay area, an anti-gay rally was held in St. James on June 23 by Montego
Bay Pastor Glendon Powell, who shills for a US based fundie conservafool church in Des Moines, IA
And Maurice Tomlinson of J-FLAG told it like it T-I-S is. “Despite this ongoing slaughter of innocents, many Jamaicans, including
attorney-at-law and senior member of the opposition political party,
Ernest Smith, categorically deny that gay Jamaicans are under attack,”
Tomlinson said in an LGBTQ Nation interview.
To the Jamaican flag waving transphobic haters I say this:.
Buy a vowel and get a clue that sexual orientation and gender identity are not the same.
Neither do you have the right to kill someone because you DON'T like
their outward gender presentation not matching with the genitalia
between their legs.
I thought Jamaica was an independent nation. Amazing the haters
are still quoting a jacked up British colonial era law with no basis in
science or reality and hiding behind the Bible as their justifications
for their anti-gay and anti-trans hatred with tragically violent outcomes to our trans and SGL peeps on the island who happen to be facing the brunt of it.
The Jamaican national motto is "Out of Many, One People". The Jamaican national motto also applies to them as well. Too bad you haters have continued to shown no inclination to respect the human rights of or acknowledge that some of the people who are proud to be Jamaicans also happen to be part of the TBLG community.