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Homosexuals in Jamaica

Check This: Jamaica Far From Paradise for Gays

Though Jamaica's motto is, "Out of Many, One People," recent horrific attacks against homosexuals ensure for some, this tropical paradise is more hell than haven. Stories of attacks on gay people using machetes, sticks and knives, and thrown bottles and rocks, ensure that none are safe — whether out to dinner with friends, or attending a funeral.

Much of the Caribbean actively markets to homosexual vacationers, Jamaica has not joined suit. According to the piece above from the New York Times, some think deep roots of Christian tradition on the island point to the Bible as back-up for hateful behavior. Jamaicans violently uphold the passage they believe condemns homosexuality, but other biblical edicts aren't so strictly followed. To find out,

. Critics point out Jamaicans’ fervor for casual sex among heterosexuals, and considered it part of the Caribbean way of life. This salad bar approach to religious-sanctioned hate crimes weakens their spiritual superiority, and creates sympathy for those being oppressed.

Does the Bible sanction such severe abuse against one's fellow man, regardless of lifestyle? Do you find the pick-and-choose adherence to the Bible's stance on sex, hypocritical?


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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
I'm Jamaican so I know that the gay people in Jamaica are treated unfairly, but not all Jamaicans partake in the gay bashing. Jamaica is a deeply religious country and homosexualism is not accepted in religion. It's sad but its going to be like that for awhile.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Hotstuff, I may need to re-read the article, but when I read it, it didn't seem to condemn an entire nation of people; it simply pointed out a trend in Jamaica. No where in the article did it state, "The entire nation of Jamaica hates homosexuals." I agreed with you in my first post that it is ridiculous to apply traits of some people within a group to an entire group, but I stand firm on my stance that this article doesn't do that. And when I stated that I didn't realize I needed numbers for every statement I make, I meant that I didn't realize I needed to have incredibly long posts that included every single statistic. For further reference, if you politely ask me for statistics/facts on to support any statement I present as factual (i.e. without the phrase "my opinion") I will happily provide them. I would appreciate it if you do just that and ask POLITELY in the future rather than making rude remarks and accusing me of making empty statements.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Point being, no one should die just for being gay.
pargie pargie 9 years
This is horrible news, I did not know any of this.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Once again my point is that it's unfair to write these articles as if a whole country behaves this way! And then to question a whole countries religious beliefs when you don't question your own. All these murders are insane and sad no matter where they take place but lets not be irresponsible and condemn a whole nation of people! Furthermore lilkimbo, "I'm sorry, I didn't realize this debate required numbers for every single statement I make." If your gonna make statements like, "People in Jamaica are also killed for being gay, and at a much higher rate." Your damn skippy you better have the FACTS!
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Well here are a couple of the American murders of gay people just for 2007: SOME OF OUR RECENT HEROES Texas, July 27, 2007: A Texas man charged in the slaying of Kenneth Cummings, Jr. said that he was “doing God's work” when he went hunting for a gay man to kill. South Carolina, May 16, 2007: Sean William Kennedy, 20, was leaving a bar when a man jumped out of a car, punched Sean, and then took off. Sean fell and hit his head. He died less than 24 hours later. California, March 16, 2007 – The body of a 24 year-old transgender woman, Ruby Rodriguez, was found in the Mission District of San Francisco. This murder comes at the heels of at least two other violent deaths of transgender women of color in the area over the past six months. Florida, March 13, 2007 - Ryan Keith Skipper, 25 years old, was stabbed more than 20 times, his lifeless body left at the side of the road. Two suspects bragged to their friends about savagely killing him. New York, November 2006 - Michael Sandy, an African-American gay man, died after he was beaten to a pulp by a group of young men. This isn't the first time this group of men led gay men to remote locations to be savagely beaten. Source:,0,6177964.story Here are some from's not even March yet! Gay teen Simmie Williams Jr., 17, killed in Fort Lauderdale this year February! Source:,0,6177964.story Gay teen killed Feb 2008 Lawrence King Source:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I found the Jamaican statistics. J-Flag reports that they know of AT LEAST 30 gay men who were murdered (because of their sexuality) between 1997 and 2004. This equals out to 3.75 per year. The average population of Jamaica those years was around 2.7 million (a generous estimate). Therefore, the incidence of hate crimes (at least murder) in Jamaica is about 0.00139%. No government statistics were available on hate crimes in Jamaica because the government there does not keep a record of them.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I'm sorry, I didn't realize this debate required numbers for every single statement I make. I am having difficulty finding the statistics for the number of hate crimes committed against homosexuals in Jamaica, so I will start with the U.S. statistics and report back with the Jamaican ones when I find them: According to the U.S. DOJ, 3 murder/hate crimes were committed in the U.S. in 2006. (This is the most recent year they report on their website.) Assuming that all three of these hate-based murders were committed against homosexuals (the site doesn't specify whether they were committed against homosexuals, for religious reasons, etc.), the incidence of hate crimes when compared to population in the U.S. in one year is 0.000001%. (Estimates/best data available puts the U.S. population at about 300 million in 2006. I'll be back ASAP with the Jamaican statistics.
kia kia 9 years
Sorry, I mean in Fort Lauderdale...
kia kia 9 years
In Miami some religious leaders are asking Jamaican officials to step in about this issue of violence and homophobia. Unfortunately Jamaican officials aren't responding the way church leaders have hoped. Here is one local Miami Herald article about the violence there:
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
"People in Jamaica are also killed for being gay, and at a much higher rate." Please back up empty statements like this with FACTS!!! Meaning NUMBERS!!!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
This is always tragic - wherever it happens.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
The Wikipedia article is interesting as well:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
People in Jamaica are also killed for being gay, and at a much higher rate. In addition, these people are continually ostracized everywhere they go. I'm not saying America is the be-all and end-all of homosexual tolerance, just that the situation in the U.S. is not as bad as the situation in Jamaica. And, I have studied Jamaican law (just a little). When my friend from Jamaica moved here, I became interested in Jamaican law the treatment of homosexuals there. I will have to search for more of the specific articles on line, but these are quotes lifted directly from a Time article about Jamaica: "And its rampant violence against gays and lesbians has prompted human-rights groups to confer another ugly distinction: the most homophobic place on earth." "Months later, witnesses say, police egged on another mob that stabbed and stoned a gay man to death in Montego Bay." "Jamaica's major political parties have passed some of the world's toughest antisodomy laws and regularly incorporate homophobic music in their campaigns. "The view that results," says Jamaican human-rights lawyer Philip Dayle, "is that a homosexual isn't just an undesirable but an unapprehended criminal."" "Meanwhile, gay-rights activists say Jamaican police often overlook evidence in anti-gay hate crimes." Here is the direct link to the article:,8599,1182991,00.html
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
"Not having laws to protect people in Jamaica makes the situation there particularly difficult!" Where is the proof of this? Have you researched Jamaican law? And how can you say it's worse there than in America when people are getting KILLED in America for being gay!?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Hotstuff, I definitely agree with you that it is wrong to lump a group of people together based on isolated incidents. However, it seems like this problem is a lot more prevalent in Jamaica than in the U.S. (And I'm not basing this on one article; I have a friend who is originally from Jamaica who has talked about this before. She said when she first moved here she was shocked at how many people are openly gay and at the prevalence of gay culture in television and film.) Also, as nyaradzom2001 pointed out, there are laws protecting victims of hate crimes in the U.S. and those who commit these crimes are usually heavily prosecuted, which doesn't always happen in Jamaica. Not having laws to protect people in Jamaica makes the situation there particularly difficult!
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Lawrence King a 15 yr old 8th grader, in California, was KILLED 2 weeks ago at his school by another classmate for being gay! Do we then lump Americans into a country where we say American kids can't go to school if they are gay they will likely be killed!? Do we say American kids are taught at young age to kill classmates in school for sexuality!? Do we say Americans violently uphold the passage they believe condemns homosexuality, but other biblical edicts aren't so strictly followed!? Do we say Americans think deep roots of Christian tradition... point to the Bible as back-up for hateful behavior!? Do we say Americans salad bar approach to religious-sanctioned hate crimes weakens their spiritual superiority, and creates sympathy for those being oppressed!? There are ways to bring light to a situation but there are ways to irresponsibly condemn an entire country and it's people! To find out more about Lawrence King who was found to be brain dead and had his organs donated to others you can read it here:
katie_c katie_c 9 years
we are not in a position to judge others, as the bible also states.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Amazing. Gay people in America think THEY'RE suffering, while in other areas of the world, gays are physically beaten and ostricised without having the option of retribution. I'm not speaking of Jamaica alone, either.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Hi everyone. This post is meant to call attention to an article in the New York Times, and certainly not meant to make a broader accusation about all Jamaicans. Tragedy and prejudice does sadly occur everywhere, but although the piece does point out one particular country, I think the piece tells some powerful tales worth reading.
melissacwalker melissacwalker 9 years
Oprah actually devoted part of a show to talking to a lesbian from Jamaica about how intense homophobia is there. This is so frustrating to hear.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
oh and pick and choose is rife in every country. people who are anti-gay use teh bible as a means to bash people forgetting tha the bible also condemns fornication and adultery and gluttony 3 things very commonplace in todays's world
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Nickey I did read this prejudiced article so don't tell me what I did or didn't do OK!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
i agree hotstuff but also in a sense the situation in Jamaica is especially bad, we have all the major dancehall stars singing about killign and burning homosexuals and these songs are not censored in anyway. While in America homosexuals get attacked, they have recourse with the law which is no always the case in jamaica. Not all Jamaicans are bad but something needs to be done about the treatment of homosexuals
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