An angry mob in Jamaica has reportedly stoned a young gay man to death and filmed themselves doing so while hurling rocks at his head
The vide, which has gone iral shows the young man dressed effeminately with long hair, appearing to be tied up in ropes or wire, laying in a pool of his own blood. A large stone is thrown at the boy’s head, blood gushes out.
In the background you can hear homophobic slurs, in Jamaican accents, yelling: ‘Batty man yuh fi dead!’ This means, ‘Gay, you should die’.
It’s not clear whether the victim is still alive or conscious as the rocks break his skull.
Unconfirmed sources at the time of this printing suggest the youth was stoned in Montego Bay and it is believed to have happened in the last few weeks.
Montego Bay is the same parish in Jamaica where gender non-conforming teen Dwayne Jones was murdered in 2013. Jones was chopped and stabbed to death by a mob. No one was ever charged with the murder.
Due to the graphic nature and horrific scenes in the video Back2Stonewall has decided not to embed the video on our site. You can view it here if you are so inclined. WARNING it is shocking and extremely disturbing.
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.
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.”
The New York-based LGBT activist group Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand halted Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller’s exit from a United Nations session at the Ford Foundation in New York City yesterday protesting the contininuing anti-gay violence and the countries vehemently gay and inhuman treatment of its LGBT citizens..
Shouting “Gay rights are human rights!” and “Portia, shame on you!” the group of seven protestors greeted the PM as she began to exit the Ford Foundation offices on East 43rd Street in Manhattan. Simpson-Miller stopped, waved at the protestors and blew kisses, then went back inside the building. Protestors paced the sidewalk outside the Ford Foundation for one hour with signs reading “Eight Gays Killed in 2012” and “Portia Protect Gay Citizens.” The group called for an end to Jamaica’s anti-gay laws, which tacitly condone attacks and murders of members of the LGBT community in Jamaica. Consensual sexual intercourse and interaction between homosexuals has been illegal since 1864. Gays are imprisoned for 10 years with hard labor under Jamaica’s Buggery Law and often brutalized and killed by anti-gay mobs if caught or suspected.
Blew kisses? SHE BLEW KISSES!
Listen up travel agents and tourist. Its time to chat up any other Caribbean destination and send your clients elsewhere. Its time to prove to Jamaica and their smug b**** of a leader that Jamaica’s ahte towards LGBT people is not tolerated.
In a video posted by Jamaican LGBT News, Police were called in to the Jamaican village of Green Mountain to save a group of five gay men who had been trapped inside a house by an angry mob after they had been accused of trying to “spread” their homosexuality to local youth and “suppossedly” one of the men for making comments that “gravely concerned” them:
As the story spread like wild fire throughout the community, the residents [sic] annoyance spilled over, the five (5) men and a vehicle belonging to them were barricaded. The five (5) men were rescued and escorted out of the community by police.
Jamaica remains high on the list of countries in which homosexual acts are illegal and violence runs rampant against its LGBT citizens.
Jamiaca’s “Love March” which took place in it’s capital of Kingston on September 15th was suppossed to consist of prayers, worship and performances by various Christian artists. But in reality the march organized by a couple of anti-gay Christian groups who claim they are fed up with “sexual immorality” in the end was nothing more than an anti-gay parade.
According to Anti-Gay Fact Check many held signs reading “Keep The Buggery Law,” a signal to Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, whose residence they marched in front of. (Simpson-Miller has stated that she is considering revising the law to legalize consensual same-sex activity.)
The started to sing “Hosanna Jesus is the rock of my salvation” which was followed with a prayer and the national anthem at 10:19 a.m. At 10:20.a.m. the sermon started with Daniel Thomas speaking. AGFC of course, had to be there to listen. As we went closer we heard him talking about the “dangers of gay sex that spreads HIV”. Gay sex was compared to “man on dog” sex and the buggery law was declared to be “important”. The topic changed to the evils of fornication for a short while until it turned to homosexuality. The prayer against homosexuality started at 11:47 a.m. The “demon of homosexuality” was spoken of and homosexuality was said to be poisonous.
As the crowd passed behind the road of one of the nation’s pro-LGBT organisations the shouting continued. The crowd then began to pray against Obama and David Cameron who were out to “destroy the country.” They claimed secret meeting were being held in order to ‘desensitise’ Jamaicans and that the LGBT movement was out to persecute Christians as they claim had been done in other countries. Daniel claimed that the “minority won’t have their own way” and asked God to “keep us free from evil powers” in reference to the “evil homosexual agenda”. People in cars beside the march cheered on in agreement.”
Considering that Jamaica has one of the highest murderrates in the world and it’s tourism industry earns over 50 percent of the country’s total foreign exchange earnings and provides about one-fourth of all jobs you’d think they’d have more pressing issues to worry about and would be wary of pissing potential tourist off