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Monday, November 30, 2009

The Media's attempt to blur the truth about Homophobic violence

With the headline in the Jamaica Observer on Sunday the 29th (see post below this) there seems to be another attempt the lead the public into thinking that the violence meted to gays in Jamaica is nothing more than gays themselves involved in lovers' spats that have gone bad.

The article has listed quotes from some prominent luminaries in Psychiatry and Counseling who have on the face of it backed the belief that is widely held by many in Jamaican society and echoed in the piece. Sadly many of the cases of gay violence be it gay on gay or otherwise involve prominent persons but have internal conflicts ending up in some ugly mess. That much is true however the vast majority of cases where persons are killed, evicted or forced to relocate from their homes, rape of lesbians and beatings go unnoticed by the mainstream media and are often sanctioned in a way by the silence thereof sliding them underground. If it weren't for blogs like this one and others who may know of such events or JFLAG to some extent, if and when they speak out on these issues then the public would be unaware but with the limited reach and readership of such outlets the issues still go unheard of thus fuelling the perceptions held ad expressed in the Observer article.

Do not get me wrong there are incidents of relationships of whatever sort go haywire namely transactional or situational sex negotiations that did not work out or just mere accusations of infidelity have led to awful outcomes but to simply say that no incidents of homophobic attacks and episodes have occurred is simply not true, frankly many quoted in the article simply want not to believe it so they can push their discriminatory lines of argument and justify their bigoted positions.

Just look at some of the incidents that have come to light recently not to mention those that have gone under the radar from folks like me who have our ears on the ground. One wonders when are we going to see the truth or is part of the problem class? as outlined before the cases that do get media attention are ones with prominent persons while the ordinary victims are overlooked as they have no stake being involved in this nasty lifestyle. There is alot that needs to be done with us a GLBT community and the general population by extension.

Tolerance please.

H

3 comments:

thegayte-keeper said...

You know I had a guy from Jamaica hit me up on A4A and told me the same thing...I am like dude C'MON!

Ashley said...

Reading this (as an SGL individual of Jamacian descent) makes me extremely mad. However, I will refain from using strong language (lol).
The people that claim gays are killed by fellow gays in Jamaica must be on crack! They are TELLING LIES because they don't give a damn about LGBT people. They want to feel justified in their homophobia, making it look as if LGBT people are so mentally disturbed that they are harming/killing one another.... For the sake of Steve Harvey, Stacyann Chin, Brian Williamson, Michael Hayden, Gareth Henry, Candice Williams, Phoebe Myrie & soooooooo many more Jamaican victims of gay-hate crimes committed by homophobes, it is important for the lies to be stopped because MOST (if not all) of the crimes committed against LGBT people in Jamaica are committed by homophobes.
Changing the subject, I must take this moment to thank the makers of this website/blog. You are courageous troopers. I pray that you will have continued success and that you will all be kept from harm amidst all of the hatred towards LGBT people.
From Ashley (London, England)

Ashley said...

At the end of my previous comment, I thanked the "makers of the website/blog". Instead, I should have thanked ONE person, Mr. H. Therefore, thank you Mr. H for all that you are doing. How brave & wonderful you are.
Blessings from Ashley (London, England)

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Hello readers,

thank you for your donations via Paypal in helping to keep this blog going, my limited frontline community work, temporary shelter assistance at my home and related costs. Please continue to support me and my allies in this venture that has now become a full time activity. When I first started blogging in late 2007 it was just as a pass time to highlight GLBTQ issues in Jamaica under then JFLAG's blogspot page but now clearly there is a need for more forumatic activity which I want to continue to play my part while raising more real life issues pertinent to us.

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Activities & Plans: ongoing and future

  • To continue this venture towards website development with an E-zine focus

  • Work with other Non Governmental organizations old and new towards similar focus and objectives

  • To find common ground on issues affecting GLBTQ and straight friendly persons in Jamaica towards tolerance and harmony

  • Exposing homophobic activities and suggesting corrective solutions

  • To formalise GLBTQ Jamaica's activities in the long term

  • Continuing discussion on issues affecting GLBTQ people in Jamaica and elsewhere

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  • Present issues on HIV/AIDS related matters in a timely and accurate manner

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First, be calm: Do not panic; it may be very difficult to maintain composure if attacked but this is important.

Try to reason with the attacker: Establish communication with the person. This takes a lot of courage. However, a conversation may change the intention of an attacker.

Do not try anything foolish: If you know outmanoeuvring the attacker is impossible, do not try it.

Do not appear to be afraid: Look the attacker in the eye and demonstrate that you are not fearful.

This may have a psychological effect on the individual.

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e) Every complaint lodged at a police station should be filed and a receipt produced, this is not a legal requirement but an administrative one for the police to track reports

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g) Try to capture a recording of the exchange or incident or call someone so they can hear what occurs, place on speed dial important numbers or text someone as soon as possible

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