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Puzzled about Jamaicans and homosexuality
published: Friday | July 7, 2006

THE EDITOR, Sir:

AS A first generation Jamerican, I have a different view of homosexuality than most of your readers. Although I am a straight man, I find Jamaica's views of homosexuals are comically ignorant.

I believe HIV is a problem in Jamaica for three inter-related reasons: Jamaica's intolerance to gays, the pressure to have numerous sexual partners and the lack of sexual education.

DEPRESSED

I love to visit Jamaica, but it depresses me when I see the quality of life getting worse with each visit. As a result, I am puzzled as to why Jamaicans seem more outraged with homosexuals than with their government.

Gays aren't the reason for the high crime rate, the potholes in the road, corrupt officials. One may argue that God said to hate gays, but the last time I read the Bible, it says not to have premarital sex. With one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world, shouldn't Jamaicans protest against this as well?

Jamaicans use promiscuity as a measure of a man's worth. Now combine this with homosexuals' high risk of contracting HIV and Jamaica's underutilisation of condoms and you have a recipe for disaster.

BUGGERY IN PRISON

Prisoners who commit buggery will be free mem-bers of society and will engage in sexual activity when released. Since it is common knowledge that buggery takes place in prison, isn't it smart to protect the citizens from HIV acquired from buggery among prisoners?

From a selfish point of view, Jamaicans should be for the policy, because HIV acquired in prison can show up at their door at some point in the future.

I am, etc.,

PUZZLED JAMERICAN

side4fun@hotmail.com

New York, NY

Via Go-Jamaica

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