Despite claims from local and international gay rights activists that Jamaica is a fiercely homophobic country, recent evidence is suggesting that homosexuals are living openly in some of the country’s notoriously tough garrisons without hassle or intimidation.
Police have confirmed that gay men are left alone, either because they have heartless thugs as their lovers or their relatives.
The Jamaica Observer came face-to-face with the situation recently while gathering information at a crime scene in the Gem Road/Texton Road area of South St Andrew.
As a group of residents stood behind the police yellow tape watching intensely while scene-of-crime detectives processed the area where Tashoy Lawrence and another man identified only as ‘Roland’ where shot dead and two others injured, an effeminate man came on the scene.
He was dressed in a tight pair of knickers and an equally tight sleeveless T-shirt. When he started speaking it was hard to believe that he was male as he displayed all the attributes of a woman, down to the gesticulations.
A member of the news team noticed him and wondered aloud if he was gay.
A woman who was in earshot answered his question without flinching.
“A b…man dat. Nuh look pan him too hard,” the woman said, “a pure bad man him tek.”
As the man engaged in conversation with some of the women present, no one even flinched or displayed any sign of antagonism toward him.
One of the women even joked that he was boasting a ‘hickey’ on his neck.
“But you have hickey, man?” the woman said.
“How you mean? You no see rain a fall an’ me haffi get me hickey,” the man said.
Jamaican media company, Sunday Observer was on the scene for about an hour and for the entire time the man traipsed freely through the crowd.
“Nobody nuh business wid him,” the woman said.
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