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No let-up on gays

Published:Tuesday | April 5, 2011 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I must commend The Gleaner for its editorial in last Friday's edition, which called for an end to discrimination against gays.

However, I take issue with one suggestion in the editorial - that Jamaican homophobia is receding. There is absolutely no evidence for that assertion. In fact, the attacks against gays and lesbians in Jamaica are as virulent as ever.

By way of illustration, in mid-March, there were three reported attacks against gays in Montego Bay, one of which involved a student at a teachers' college being chased by a group of men with a length of pipe. In another attack, it is reported that a young man was chased from Barnett Street and beaten and is now nursing wounds at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. Neither of these individuals reported their attacks to the police for fear of being revictimised.

Jamaican homophobia continues to damage lives and embarrass us internationally.

I am, etc.,

MAURICE TOMLINSON

maurice_tomlinson@yahoo.com

Montego Bay