Homosexuals created a scene at a popular event in the Corporate Area last weekend when they gyrated on each other forcing security personnel to intervene.
The group which consisted of at least eight males accompanied by one female had the attention of a large throng of patrons for about 15 minutes as they formed a circle in which they did their 'brucking out'. (see video for the dance style example)
They seemed to have loved the attention they were being given as one did the 'head top' with feet in the air moving in a circular fashion. Another went as far as to partially take off his shirt before bursting into dance, doing something that resembled the popular female move 'Bruck It Dung'. Bruck It Dung is a dance where a person, normally a woman, assumes a squatting stance, before shaking her bottom in a very fast up and down motion. During the display of this dancing skill, one of the males jumped on his counterpart sending onlookers into a frenzy.
Shortly after, a member of the security team arrived and asked them to refrain from dancing in such manner. No sooner had the security personnel left, the dancing started again in an almost similar fashion. Another member of the security then returned and asked the men to leave. However, they refused ignoring the request of the officers. The security personnel got the upper hand when one of the males got rowdy. He was later escorted from the venue. Seeing their friend being escorted from the venue, the others followed suit and made an exit from the event.
"The behaviour of the men apparently aroused suspicion by some passersby according to reports from several taxi drivers of whom I am familiar with and also who know some of the homeless population as they have developed not so wonderful notoriety in the business district of New Kingston and its environs. So much so that sections of Trafalgar Road nearing the Island Car Rentals where they once congregated and also where the old Super Plus Supermarket used to be has been patrolled heavily now by the police, the car rental company is said to have instituted new security arrangements barring the men from loitering nearby. The gardens and park immediately across the road as well is also being monitored by cops every now and again but seeing it is a public space it is harder to have the men removed I am told unless they are found loitering and maybe charged for such.
Their ruckus behaviour, sometimes vulgar outbursts and fights in open view of the public coupled with their effeminate entertainment and dancing sometimes supported by friends who park their posh top of the line vehicles with loud dancehall music blaring has not helped their situation any, even as I have carried previous entries on this population they have still been ignored to a certain extent save and except for the once a week drop in for showers at a Non Governmental Organizations property and offices and some food items distributed on some Fridays the men have very little sympathy from the rest of the LGBT community, even allies who had supported some of my calls for more to be done for them have since rescinded their stance due to the intolerance of their improper public conduct. The cross dressing and very skimpy clothing used in the transvestite activity has not found favour either with both community and mainstream alike.
So it seems members of the public have also had their share and were not willing to stomach it anymore seeing that the men were dancing wildly and were loud on the Oxford Road stretch all the way passed Emancipation Park onwards, it is believed they were followed by unscrupulous characters who laid siege on them just beside the Police post in New Kingston on Knutsford Boulevard where the final showdown happened, several of the infamous “biker boys” who have been known to attack homeless and other perceived MSMs before in New Kingston as they often congregate on the Hip Strip near the former Asylum Night Club known reopened and known as the Building."
April 2, 2007, a crowd in Montego Bay attacked three men alleged to be gay who were attending a carnival. Witnesses said the crowd chased the men down the street, slashed one man with knives and beat him with a manhole cover also who can forget that incident where at the roadmarch in 2008 two men who were part of the revellers on the final leg of the parade had to beat a hasty retreat in a Hiace bus (photo) as they were accused of winining or gyrating on each other in public, the story at the time said - Men, believed to be gay, earned the wrath of spectators who attacked them damaging a bus and injuring a police officer.
Superintendent Lenval Hutton, who was on the scene, said the parade was moving along Waterloo Road when, upon reaching the intersection with West Kings House Road, some men joined the parade.
The men were allegedly gyrating and wining on each other and this angered spectators who started to stone them. Police, in an attempt to prevent any further incident, placed four of the men into a police bus which was working at the festivities. However, this did not stop the spectators from continuing to attack the men. Someone threw a stone through the window of the bus, shattering one of the windows and cutting the hand of a corporal who was also in the bus.
One of the men who were attacked was slashed across the forehead. The police did not hold anyone in connection with the incident as the perpetrator ran off.
Coming forward to this event however and the so called eviction the men who left the venue said they left as matters became physical and so as to avoid any further problems they left some of the men are used to public confrontations and associated problems and a few of them were present as far back as 2007 at that funeral in Mandeville of a community figure where they resisted the homo negative attack by the public based on their non conforming aesthetics at the time. I too was present at that service, so their resilience in meeting or facing homo negative attacks were well in place and can be called upon on a moments notice. The men said they resisted the security guards demand to stop dancing the way they were while some patrons agreed other patrons who were used to their presence annually at previous venues enjoyed themselves in their own space and even went as far as to suggest the men be left alone. The men who were resolute that they would not be told how to express themselves in public waited until the guard left and commenced enjoying themselves at intervals much to the delight of many of the other patrons who were there many of whom were laughing at the spectacle.
It is good to see the resolve of the men to stand their ground, it is those men who are on the ground some of whom are effeminate that are the ones who are really carrying the fight in the real world and reminding the public via the gender non conforming aesthetics for the most part and effeminate behaviour while meeting the homosexual stereotypes that gays exist flaming as ever. While we understand that outward displays of affection are not tolerated certainly many msms in particular are making use of relatively safe spaces in mainstream entertainment offerings to express their individuality, soca parties and carnival events are such places and there is a perception held by many that men who are seen in such parades are gay hence some years ago the fusion or sorts of reggae/dancehall into the season so as to attempt to soften the effeminate elements I suppose for the occasion with even the lyrics of some of the songs reflecting anti gay sentiments. Artists such as Bunji Garlin have performed live socarised versions of popular antigay songs such as TOK's Chi Chi Man and other soca acts have their own songs. One of the interesting things about the anti gay sentiment during carnival is that the response tends to be very mild at best in some instances.
You may also want to check out how our own entertainment can be marred by poor logistical planning when on March 6, 2012 we had issues at an event:
Attack at an LGBT party in western Jamaica ………………
Peace and tolerance