30 Responses

  1. Denis LeBlanc
    Denis LeBlanc at |

    These are not men. They are gay and trans* children, just teenagers.

  2. Rain de Lima
    Rain de Lima at |

    Thank you, Colin!

  3. Grace
    Grace at |

    The kids are human beings…Police have gays in their midst also, so they should be sympathetic towards these kids who obviously are risking their lives to live the way they were born.. If they could help it I’m sure they wd not want to live the way they’re forced to by coming out as gays in such a harsh environment as the Jamaican society. Living abroad we encounter many gay Jamaicans and they did not become gay after coming abroad so wake up Jamaica and stop condemning these people as long as they are not affecting you and your way of life. I’m talking as a non-gay Jamaican individual who feel sorry for these kids and cannot comprehend the absolutely terribly harsh and unforgiving nature of Jamaicans for their fellow human children and fellow citizens. Wake up Jamaicans and have a loving heart for your own people, no matter their orientation. Society should leave them alone, offer them refuge and somewhere humane to live and thrive and so they can become productive citizens like everyone else.

  4. Shaneek
    Shaneek at |

    First of all, I must say that this article is very misleading and is lacking a lot of important information. I work in the New Kingston area, I walk pass that gully almost every evening after work. The New Kingston area is home to a lot of business places & hotels, where business people/tourist consistently occupy. These Tourist are always walking in and around the New Kingston area. These men that were asked to leave the gully were a daily nuisance to persons walking by. They have robbed numerous locals and tourist. They are always loud and boisterous, shouting nasty and disgusting bad words to people who dare to stare at them. AND the so called ‘clothes donated’ were actually clothes that were stolen. A clothing store in the area was robbed cleaned of EVERYTHING and they were the ones that were seen on the surveillance camera. This and other numerous robberies were reported. People, included myself had to be in fare to pass the gully and its surrounding areas because these men never hesitate to rob you. I am NOT against the gay society. But I am very relieved that they were asked to leave. I understand that they are homeless, but robbing and being a huge annoyance to our tourist, visitors, business places and locals is not something to sit back and ignore.

    1. Jan
      Jan at |

      Thank you for clearing that up. Always good to hear more than one side of the story.

    2. Chelle
      Chelle at |

      Its so counter productive that in society we don’t take responsibility for how people turn out…we just want them to go away and stop it….this is not higher thinking people of Jamaica.

    3. Eric
      Eric at |

      Shannek i understand what you are saying about how they make the New Kingston atmosphere displeasing and uncomfortable for locals and tourist abroad. And i too believe that the area of occupancy was not conducive for any human being to live. These are boys my age. I am 21 and i am disgusted by the attitude and the display of these young men in such a commercial area.
      I wrote this reply because i heard you states “I understand that they are homeless, but robbing and being a huge annoyance to our tourist, visitors, business places and locals is not something to sit back and ignore.”
      But that’s the exact same thing many advocates are saying the Jamaican society and out old stained culture. Refuses to change and adapt. Yes you cannot sit and ignore tourist and yourself from been annoyed and robbed…But it seems Jamaican can sit and ignore a Jamaican Boy, Gay 16-20 or so, homeless, suffering and abused to the highest extent, because he is attracted to the same sex.
      The rational behind Jamaicans arguments should be considered a laughing stock. Ignorance is at the heart of your people and the heart of our country frankly and for that i try as best as possible apart from my accent..to distance myself from the Jamaican Brand.

    4. Jae
      Jae at |

      So the Police burned the recovered stolen clothes instead of returning them to the store owner or saving them for evidence of theft? Either the Police were spiteful and wrong (see: HISTORY) or…. yeah. Jamaicans’ methods of ‘problem solving’ has always been super counterproductive.

  5. GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator
    GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator at |

    More deceptive crisis reporting to get attention on a matter that has been around for so many years when these same opportunists were consulted they turned their backs yet it is now some activists who turned up their noses at the very group see them?

    what a convenient distraction from the tolerance ad case and the fact that it was thrown out of the supreme court revealing some issues that some do not want the scrutiny searchlight to be turned on to, case in point the amendment of the plead in the middle of the trial knowing fully well that the PBCJ in particular does not take paid ads by virtue of section 4 of the act that brought it into being and also the fact that the lawyers for all three station intend to apply for costs to be awarded to them and paid by the claimant photographed above.

    Not all of us can be fooled or diverted.

  6. NancyP
    NancyP at |

    Maurice Tomlinson introduced a documentary film “The Abominable Crime” and gave a talk with Q and A recently in St. Louis. He says that there are LGBT homeless teens hiding in the sewers for lack of any other safe area. The clothes and food are donated so they don’t have to steal to eat. I find Tomlinson to be credible. The Pulitzer Foundation also found him credible, they funded the filmmaker’s news story and analysis of anti-gay conditions in Jamaica and the activist response. The Pulitzer Foundation funds high-quality documentaries on human rights issues that are neglected in the mainstream press. Go see the film.

  7. purpleflow
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    Reblogged this on Flip It Right Side Up.

  8. Eric
    Eric at |

    Heads of Government state how they support and fight for human rights and equality….Explain to me then how do you separate the rights of these humans (gays) from the rest of us? Jamaica? I travel and i here foreigners make comments about out ignorance and illiteracy…..Its applauding and ridiculous.
    I dont want to be proud of part my country and dislike the rest….#SMH

  9. concernedguest
    concernedguest at |

    It is quite clear that the police and other Jamaicans try so hard to demonize these children because of their own personal views towards them. Instead of putting personal views of one’s lifestyle aside and doing what is right these people lie and paint a picture of these children making it harder for people to accept them and help them yet make it easier for the others with hate in their heart to spew all types of violence and evil towards this kids. Who are the real criminals here? It’s quite obvious that it isn’t the children here. These kids are failed by their parents,siblings, neighbors and country.


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