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“Down low is low down”

Published:Monday | January 5, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I understand that Jamaica is perceived as a homophobic country based on the violence of some citizens towards lesbians, gays and transgender people.

Fast-forward to 2015, when some Jamaicans are more tolerant of gays, lesbians and transgender people based on the fact that most of them move freely to transact their business, and have an active social life (just check out Instagram).

If you were living in the '70s or '80s in Jamaica, which was a transitional era, then it would have made a lot of sense to be on the 'down low', which is a term used to describe a man or woman who has decided to appear heterosexual in the public eye while, behind closed doors, he or she is a homosexual.

Down low is what I have a serious problem with. If you are homosexual, then keep it that way and if you are fearful of repercussions from your friends or family, then keep it to yourself.

Do not go around destroying someone who genuinely loves you and genuinely believes that you are indeed heterosexual, especially if the union produced children. Can you imagine what that child, who had no choice in the matter, is feeling or will feel when story 'come to bump'?

This is, by no means, bashing gays or lesbians. If you know me, you know I have quite a few gay friends. My advice to you is live your truth. Let us stop this down low nonsense. I know some will respond and mention professions and the reasons for being on the down low, but, hey, if you make that much money and have that much power, then become an advocate and help your fellow men or women to speak up. Otherwise, keep your business to yourself, stick with the gender that floats your boat, and 'kibba yuh mout'.

Onome Sido

BushGirl Inc