Give gays a break
THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is almost eight months since Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was extradited. Some of us did not want him to go.
I, for one, wanted him to stay in Jamaica. I could walk into my community without fear of being called names or being beaten to death. I simply went to Dudus and told him that I am gay and just wanted to live in peace.
I wasn't there to cause trouble, and I am still alive.
A new adult club opened in Half-Way Tree and it is the only place where I can be me. I can dance with my partner, I can drink in peace. Recently, this club was visited by policemen and women, who do not wear any badge. The vest had a silver tape obscuring their police number. They point their long guns at us and shone flashlights in our faces. They shouted bad things at us, and we felt threatened.
I only want to have a place where I can have a drink and dance. I am not on the street performing for any public and I am not making noise or disturbing the peace.
I feel my life is in danger from the police.
I am, etc.,
GAY AND AFRAID