Are Jamaican gays dispensable?

Published: Saturday | October 22, 2011 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

During its evening newscast on Tuesday, October 18, CVM TV reported on the gruesome early-morning home invasion and murder of 16-year-old Oshane Gordon in the district of New England in Lilliput, St Elizabeth. According to the news report, the youngster, who had previously been threatened, was killed because of 'questionable relations with another man'.

As he tried to escape through a window, Oshane was first chopped on his foot to prevent him from going far. When Oshane's attackers caught up with their prey, they finished him off with several more chops. His mother, who was at home with him, also received several chops and is now nursing serious injuries.

This is the second homophobic murder that CVM has reported in three months. The other occurred in Torrington Park, Kingston, on August 2.

Despite these vicious attacks and many more like them, there are still those who argue that Jamaica's deadly homophobia is a figment of the global North's gay hysteria and an agenda to smear our country's good name.

Thanks, CVM, for daring to report the truth. In the face of this carnage, the silence of our politicians on the need for tolerance towards homosexuals is both cowardly and deadly. Where is the leadership? Or are gay Jamaicans simply dispensable?

MAURICE TOMLINSON

maurice_tomlinson@yahoo.com

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