Jamaica is known throughout the world for it’s intolerance towards the LGBT community. A recently released documentary has provided a platform for numerous homosexual sex workers in Jamaica to speak about their lifestyle. In 2013, Dwayne Jones a gay teen, was brutally murdered by an angry mob, after he attended a party dressed as a woman, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
FOR SOME strange reason we have concluded that retaining the buggery law can prevent people from being born homosexual. On top of that, we want nothing to do with homosexuality but talk about it, usually expressing disparage, at every waking moment in songs, political speeches, and sermons.-Jaevion Nelson- Jamaica Gleaner
Nelson also shared in Jamaica, your (gay or lesbian) sexual orientation is an axis on which grave discrimination and even violence occurs but the common place homophobia is often denied. There are many prominent homosexuals in key positions in Jamaica. The contributions of the LGBT community on Jamaica is over looked, and may set Jamaica back by decades.
“We must commit to rebuild this great nation on the principle of understanding ourselves and fellow men and women. Each of us should invest in promoting equality … Gay or straight, Christian or non-Christian, JLP or PNP, let us use our talents and resources for the betterment of our country.”-JFLAG
The apathy towards homosexual people in Jamaica, is often the blunt of many jokes, and serious discussions with international media. This discussion about Jamaican’s behavior has been in the spotlight including the BBC and Oprah Winfrey show.
In the recent documentary, the many homosexuals they highlight why they made some of their life choices and share frightening experiences they have had in the past.
It is a taboo to be gay and living in Jamaica. Gay persons in particular face legal and social issues not experienced by heterosexuals.
Sexual acts between men are punishable with up to ten years imprisonment.
MADD FACTOR: The following information are laws on homosexual conduct in Jamaica;
he Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA) provides as follows:
Section 76. Unnatural crime. Whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of buggery … shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding ten years.
Section 77. Attempt. Whosoever shall attempt to commit the said abominable crime, or shall be guilty of any assault with intent to commit the same, or of any indecent assault upon any male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof, shall be liable to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding seven years, with or without hard labour.
Section 79. Outrages on decency. Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding two years, with or without hard labour.