Jamaica : Gay & Black Glossary
Jamaica is one of the most homophobic countries on earth. Even the resorts such as
Sandals refuse to cater to gay tourists. In recent years 13
gay rights leaders have been murdered. When the leader of J-Flag was murdered, people
gathered to celebrate. Gareth
Henry, a gay rights leader, fled to Canada to escape a similar fate. Ironically,
Henry describes himself as highly religious. He does not seem to understand that gay
Christians, like himself, suffer from Stockholm syndrome. Being gay in Jamaica is
punishable by 10 years hard labour if the homophobes
don’t kill them first. The usual image of Jamaicans is exceptionally laid back,
but when it comes to homophobia, they are rabid fundamentalists. How could this be?
Perhaps it is a legacy of British Colonialism imposing a prudish style of
Christianity. Former British colonies in Africa have a similar problem.