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Gully Queens

 

VICE News today presents Young And Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens. The critically acclaimed series returns to chronicle the underground LGBT community of Jamaica, who have found freedom and acceptance in the sewers of Kingston. 

In Jamaica, attacks, murder, and rape are common occurrences against LGBT people, with little to no retribution or justice brought against those responsible. After being forced from shacks, derelict buildings, and their own families, many homeless LGBTI Jamaicans have found refuge in the storm drainage systems of Kingston — known locally as the gully. For trans girls and gay men unable or unwilling to hide their sexuality, the sense of community and relative safety the gully provides acts as a welcome sanctuary, and for many, a hope of change to come.

VICE News travelled to the New Kingston area to see what life for LGBT teens is like in Jamaica — where just being who you are can mean living a life underground and p[ossible death.

WARNING GRAPHIC

Watch Young And Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens on VICE Newshttp://bit.ly/1kj6Oq7

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