Jamaica: Ignore or respond to murder of gay teen?


Jamaicans are trying to come to grips with what conclusions to draw from the vicious murder of a cross-dressing gay 17-year-old.

Or at least some Jamaicans are. Many are simply unaware of what happened, because Jamaican newspapers were slow to report true nature of the crime. The Jamaica Gleaner’s first account of the crime omitted the fact that Dwayne Jones, 17, was attacked after a woman complained that Jones was wearing female attire but was not a woman.

The Jamaican government has not spoken out about the crime, a silence that Jamaican LGBT activist Maurice Tomlinson contrasted with the response from the government in Haiti to two murders there on July 17:

“Two gay Haitians were rumored to have been attacked during a religious anti-gay march. Their government condemned the blatant homophobia and promised to protect the gay community. A 17-year-old gay Jamaican is brutally slaughtered and our government…

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