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Sunday, May 20, 2007

GAYS MUST LEAVE TODAY ---'Gay Eradication Day' in Jamaica

by Cheril N. Clarke

(photo by Jason Varney)

The photo above (uncredited) is of a cross-dresser who was beaten, stoned and whatever else you can imagine.


I'm quite surprised that he was even brave enough to walk the streets there, but disgusted over the situation. It's not a surprise. It's not a surprise at all, but it doesn't mean I'll ever get used to the thought that people think it's perfectly okay to STONE someone else. Is this 2007 or 2000 years ago? There are several other pictures of this person, but I don't have them anymore. Some of you may have seen how battered he was after the beating. I have to make some time to write something in depth on this and pass it on...more people need to know of Just How Bad it is there for LGBT people. I would not spend one dime in that country---will miss my own family reunion because I refuse to step foot or give even a penny to a country who allows this type of behavior to go unchecked.
More on the above story is here.


Below is a repost of my bulletin:

Folks...keep this in mind when you're planning your vacations. We all know that JA is probably the most homophobic place on earth...well, since Tourism is one of their main industries let's not help keep the barbaric attitudes alive by spending our money there.

Yep, I said it even though my family is Jamaican it's just out of control there...

(I don't have the date of this article, but it's fairly recent. I'll translate the Patois for those who might not know WTF they are saying, lol)
GAYS MUST LEAVE TODAY
By Dwayne Mcleod, Staff Reporter

Today has been proclaimed 'Gay Eradication Day' by residents of the McGregor Gully community in East Kingston. Residents say that they will be taking action as a two-week notice given to all gays and lesbians to flee the community has now expired.

THE STAR learnt that about two weeks ago angry residents who declared that they were fed up with seeing the activities of several gay persons in their community, ordered that they leave by today or suffer the consequences.

Some residents who admitted to THE STAR that they are a part of the "gay clearing out" scheme said that it is being done to protect their families and the community on a whole.

"Yu nuh si seh dem waa mash up di place an gi wi bad name, me haffi protect my yute dem from dem type a influence deh," one resident said while pointing out that they will not sit back and watch while their community falls into disrepute. [Translation: You don't see them messing up the place and giving us a bad name? I have to protect my kids from this type of influence.]

When THE STAR visited the area, a small group of residents pointed out an old community centre which is said to be the main 'hang out' spot for the lesbians. According to the residents the lesbians gather there almost nightly and can be seen hugging, kissing and even "touching".

The residents say they are mostly worried about the lesbian group as they are most prevalent and influential. The number of persons in this group is said to be steadily increasing.

In terms of the suspected gay men, the residents claim they are not as bold as the lesbians and are fewer but they too are expected to comply with the two-week notice.

Good source

"Some yute deh bout di place whe wi hear seh gone di nex way. Wi neva actually ketch dem, but wi hear from good source who si dem out a road a par wid man weh known as 'fish'. Dem nuh nuff still eno, but dem affi lef to, wi nuh want none a dem in ya," another female resident added. [Translation: Some guys around the place where we heard went the next way. We never actually caught them, but we heard from good sources who saw them out on the road hanging with men we know as 'fish.' It's not a lot of them, but they have to leave too. We don't want them here.]

Another resident who was not afraid to point fingers at a specific group of youngsters said that the alleged gays are all friends and are well-known in the community. "Yu si dem bway deh weh a walk up an dung inna dem tight pants an ah bleach out dem face, a dem enuh, nuff a dem a f .... t an a talk bout dem a danca," he told THE STAR. [ Translation: You see those boys who are walking up and down in tight pants and are bleaching their face, it's enough. Enough of them talking about they are dancers.]

Since the notice was handed down, at least one person has already fled the community. "... a nuh joke ting eno, one a dem cut out since week, him not even wait pon di last day, him jus cut, nobady not even kno weh him gone," THE STAR was told by a resident. [Translation: It's not a joke, you know? One of them cut out this week. He didn't even wait for the last day he just left and no one knows where he went]

The residents say they will not stop until their community is "gay free" and are not afraid of resorting to extreme measures.

"Mi nuh know how dem come an a gwaan like seh dem tink a farin dem deh, dem tink seh dem can come inna gangsta town wid dem wrong up behaviour an nuttin nuh happen? Dem haffi leave, anyting a anyting," one obviously angry male said. [Translation:I don't know how they come and go on like they are abroad. They think that they can come in a gangster town with those wrong behaviors and nothing will happen? They have to leave!

Efforts by THE STAR to speak to at least two of the persons alleged to be lesbians were unsuccessful.




Incident photos courtesy of DEEZEE at Real Recognizes Real

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Editor's Note: The following is a statement by CEO MW Savant in response to this story/post. While it is his opinion, savvyplanners.com has every intention in supporting his decision, listed therein.

"I pledge that savvyplanners.com will no longer book nor recommend any holidays, honeymoons or villa rentals in or to Jamaica for our clients from henceforth, effective immediately. Nor will we endorse any commercial support of any other kind until GLBTI people in that country are treated with dignity, tolerance and simple human respect.

Thank you for highlighting this horrible incident and for the great translation. The world is watching.

MW Savant, CEO
savvyplanners.com"

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6 Comments:

  • At 20/5/07 8:10 PM, Anonymous Cheril N. Clarke said…

    Thank you for reposting as well as finding the photographs. I do plan on writing more on this and have it up by the end of the week.

     
  • At 20/5/07 11:21 PM, Blogger Monica Roberts said…

    Thanks for posting the photos. I'm even more pissed after looking at these and reinterate what i posted on my blog.

    I am not spending one more penny on Jamaican products, Jamaican vacations or anything originating in Jamaica until they stop attacking their fellow citizens

     
  • At 30/10/08 12:42 AM, Anonymous JAY said…

    keep u money miss monica this is the mentality we a try beat out of the fag dem u no have fi mek man dagga u fi nothin be independent the same thing thats blinding them is the only thing them can see aka the bling, granny cant afford the clarks so u find mr clark in the white range fi dagga u fi di clarks. as a country we need a change in mentality work and its not only the men but it started with the women who just think say them must lay down on them back fi get money and the lil pickni wah dem have fi six different man including boys see say all mommy do is lydown fi get pay follow suite...its sad

     
  • At 30/11/08 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This doesn't surprise as much as sicken and anger me. I would never go to Jamaica anyway, there's too much violent crime like people throwing acid in eachothers faces, guns, thieves everywhere etc etc.

    Let's take a look at an extract from the Jamaican crime report for 2008-

    The greater Kingston metropolitan area (i.e., Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine) remains the most criminally active and the most dangerous area on the island. Murders, shootings, robberies, sexual assaults, and burglaries continue to plague Kingston. In 2007, Jamaica saw yet another substantial rise in murders (18%), shootings (14%), and break-ins (11%) when compared to 2006. By the end of 2007, the total murder count was a staggering 1,574, versus 1,340 in 2006. A number of these homicides were explained as politically motivated violence during Jamaica’s national elections that occurred in the fall of 2007. The weapon of choice used for murders and criminal activity continues to be firearms. Crime generally in Jamaica, and specifically in Kingston, can be related to a few key factors: poverty, retribution, drugs, gangs and politics. Kingston suffers from areas of extreme poverty (located mostly in the downtown area), and these areas provide gangs with an environment conducive to crime and difficult to police. These venues are also where most violent crimes occur, but because of their proximity to more affluent areas, it is relatively easy for criminal elements o infiltrate these richer neighborhoods. Burglaries are extremely common.

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    Amazing that such people think they're actually better than anyone really.

    The people beat that man are a savage bunch of very sick, bitter nasty low-life who simply want an excuse to hit on someone they feel is 'lower' than them. The fact they need to do something like this to make them feel better about themselves speaks volumes including showing how sick and rotten their souls are.

    Why don't they hunt down and beat the rapists, murderers and thieves? Too scared no doubt. Like typical bullies they only pick on people who are (not even doing anyone any harm)out on their own and vulnerable in huge lynch mobs. This makes them cowards in the extreme. Braindead, viscious scum who deserve every bit of pain and anguish they will ever suffer throughout their entire retarded existances.

     
  • At 16/3/09 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you have presented Jamaica in a Bad light, despite their choice to be homophobic, you make it seem as though all Jamaicans, are savage and primitive.
    In every society, crime in evident and needed to create a balance, i am sure where some of you live have more serious and extreme acts being carried out.
    Massacres and serial killings are occurring all over the world on a daily basis and i am sure is not as extreme as here in Jamaica.
    For all those who wish not to come here, we would really prefer it that way,because all you really do is just contribute to the pollution.
    And just like the Middle East, despite the Genocide in Iran, they are still going to have constant flow of Tourists. So will Jamaica....A vacation is wanting to take and Just like the Middle East, Jamaicans do provide safe haven for their visitors..
    an a dat mi sah!

     
  • At 24/3/09 5:21 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    hello,

    thanks for this important post. i had no idea about that awful attack on the transgender person.

    i am part of a small coalition launching a boycott of myers rum and red stripe beer in the san francisco gay bars.

    i would like to speak with you about your call for a jamaica boycott.

    please contact me. my phone number in SF is 415-six-two-one-6267.

    or send me an email. my addy is:
    mpetrelis@aol.com.

    hope to speak with you soon.

    michael

     

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