Jamaican politicians' role in 2 more homophobic mob attacks

Jamaican police escort alleged homosexuals to safety, removing them from a house besieged by an anti-gay mobe. (Photo courtesy of Minority-Insight.org)
Jamaican police escort alleged homosexuals to safety, removing them from a house besieged by an anti-gay mobe. (Photo courtesy of Minority-Insight.org)

During the day on Aug. 1, 2013, Jamaican news reported that onlookers found two men in an intimate position inside a police car in Kingston. This sparked protests by residents and the police had to fire shots in the air and use pepper spray to disperse the angry mob.

In addition, last night, the Primetime news station CVM TV reported that a crowd gathered at the house of two alleged homosexuals in Spanish Town, St. Catherine.

One member of the angry mob that had gone there to attack the two men said, “Not in my cabinet.”

Bruce Golding, former Jamaican prime minister (Photo by Antonio Cruz via WIkimedia Commons)
Bruce Golding, former Jamaican prime minister (Photo by Antonio Cruz via WIkimedia Commons)

Those were words used by former Jamaican PM Bruce Golding in a BBC interview when he was asked if he would allow gays to serve in his government.

It is clear that Jamaican politicians play a part in sustaining the country’s notorious homophobia. And they also have a role in stopping it.

It’s time for political leadership on tolerance for gays!

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.

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