The ongoing demonization of gay people in Jamaica is lethal.
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Some of the patrons reportedly set up on the teen, and chopped and stabbed him to death.
Boycott Jamaica. quote:
the laws of Jamaica still heavily discriminate against homosexuals... This reticence/refusal is out of deference to the island’s powerful fundamentalist churches. These churches are currently compiling a petition to prove to the Jamaican Parliament that they “have the numbers” to prevent a repeal of the archaic anti-sodomy law. What is ironic is that these SAME churches howl in protest when other groups use their strength of numbers and resources to press for LGBT rights recognition in Jamaica.
In an article about homophobic statements from Jamaican performer "Queen Ifrica": Ifrica’s remark is not the first of its kind and reflects the mood of Jamaica, where gays and lesbians are exposed to hatred and intolerance resulting in attacks and even murder.
via SDGLN: "Jamaica is one of the most homophobic nations on Earth."
wikipedia: Quote: "Amnesty International has "received many reports of vigilante action against gay people by members of the community, and of ill-treatment or torture by the police. Gay men and lesbian women have been beaten, cut, burned, raped and shot on account of their sexuality. ... We are concerned that these reports are just the tip of the iceberg. Many gay men and women in Jamaica are too afraid to go to the authorities and seek help.] This violence has prompted many gay persons to emigrate and hundreds of LGBT Jamaicans to seek asylum in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States"
None of this is new, it's just continuing. 2006 Time article stating "Jamaica is the most homophobic place on earth". That hasn't changed. I think there might be other countries that are more homophobic, but Jamaica is awful.
What is the basis for the Jamaican ecomony? "
Tourism is tied with remittances as Jamaica's top source of revenue. The tourism industry earns over 50 percent of the country's total foreign exchange earnings and provides about one-fourth of all jobs in Jamaica.
From another website: Tourism revenues account for roughly 10% of GDP (So the jobs must be mainly low paying)
Without tourism, Jamaica is down the toilet.
Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee
Jamaica's exports: Jamaica's main exports are alumina, bauxite, sugar, rum, coffee, yams, beverages, chemicals and mineral fuels. Main export partners are US, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Somehow I don't think there's much an individual can do to avoid buying Jamaican exports - I'll watch for the label, next time I'm buying alumina and bauxite..... sugar is a commodity so who knows where a particular batch comes from. Coffee.... I'll read the label.
I hadn't planned to go to Jamaica, ever, anyway. But if anyone mentions a cruise in the Caribbean, or plans to fly there, I always tell them Jamaicans - not just the govt but the people of Jamaica - are virulently antigay.
Jamaica is a small island, not significant to anyone other than the people who live there or come from there. There is no reason to visit Jamaica, or buy their products.
What a shame ... I rather like Myer's dark rum (it makes a KILLER rum cake!). I also had a pretty good time in Jamaica several decades ago on a spring break vacation with my family. But if they want to be assholes about how they treat the GLBT community, they can forget about my tourist dollars ... PERIOD.
Myers, as one ingredient, makes a good Bananas Foster. And, I too have been to Jamaica, and had a good time. However, I'll make a note to NEVER AGAIN EVER go there. At least until such time as they recognize equal rights for all people. I can spend my hard earned vacation dollars on other places; especially those places where all humans are treated as just that - humans.
Thank you for educating me. I never heard of a Bananas Foster so looked it up. Sounds delicious.
Daniel, it really is a good dessert if you like bananas. Just be careful when you flambé the damn thing. Trust me on that one!
I can be very clumsy. Maybe not a good idea.
Here's an opposing point of view, as far as boycotting Jamaica.
Source is GLBTQjamaica blog. Summarizing some of their points -
The economy in Jamaica is bad. An effective boycott would make it worse. If perceived that jobs are lost due to LGBT boycott, there could be even worse backlash. Regarding a prior boycott, "The choppings, profilings, beatings and so on were numerous and the narrative that rang out in some of those documented cases was that they were done in retaliation for making our country suffer in the eyes of the attackers."
Jamaicans would regard boycott as foreign interference into local affairs, resulting in worse backlash.
"The stories told to us by many victims included hints that we (gays) were getting foreigners to force their nasty lifestyle on Jamaica and other derogatory remarks so the attackers felt justified in their actions."
These points seem valid. I can see the risks. But - how can someone buy products or pay tourism dollars to a culture that is so violent and cruel? If we have choices, shouldn't we buy products and pay tourism dollars to support good behavior? Making it clear - any purchase, and visit, is "interference" of a sort, one way or the other.