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The big gay lie is a fact

Published:Thursday | July 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

AS A former member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for over 30 years, I can also attest to the fact that, it is a 'big lie and a myth' being portrayed by the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (FLAG) and some International Human Rights Organisation about Jamaican intolerance to homosexuals.

During my experience as a police officer, I worked in nearly all of the most violence-prone communities in the Corporate Area and found that most of these communities had living among them homosexuals who were known and sometimes even prominent members of the community and they were not molested.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force has several homosexual members - both past and present - and although at times they may feel uncomfortable it was not intolerably so. What I am aware of is that a homosexual would probably be the centre of jokes, but that was as far as it went. From my experience, they were never discriminated against and I have never seen or heard where any heterosexual member ever refused to work, befriend or socialise with a known homosexual member.

The butt of jokes

Being made the centre of jokes is not unique for homosexual members because any member can at sometime be the centre of jokes. I have known of at least one homosexual member who was forced to leave his job and it was not because of discrimination from within, but because of a jealous partner who would call the police station various hours of the day, and especially at nights, and try in every way to embarrass this individual. This individual eventually left the force, obviously because of the actions of his jealous lover.

This is just to say that in most homosexuals' downfall, it is usually as a result of the actions of their own kind.

Heston Nelson

hesnellie@yahoo.com