Four gay men fled for their lives after the house they occupied came under attack by an angry mob of 14 men Tuesday night near St. James in Jamaica who firebombed the house they were staying in.
Jamiaca’s newspaper The Gleaner states local authorities were unable to take the men into protective custody because they would not be safe at police facilities there, but said they are investigating the attack.
“There is an ever present atmosphere of hostility towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jamaicans, especially those from lower socio-economic status who have to be in crowded public spaces and use public transportation,” Latoya Nugent, manager of education and outreach at J-FLAG said. “Unlike some, they do not have the economic wealth and social capital to avoid these spaces that might be more dangerous. As a consequence, many LGBT live in great fear, and they feel inferior, powerless and invisible because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.”