From Jamaica, activist Yvonne McCalla-Sobers reports on Sunday’s Easter dinner, made by LGBT youth supporter Nevin Powell, who also arranged a Christmas dinner for them a few months ago:
Once again, Nevin Powell provided a special dinner for the homeless LGBT youth forced to live in the sewers of Kingston, Jamaica. This time Nevin and a group of friends, including two brother Christian ministers, came from Los Angeles specifically to provide an Easter meal, just as they did last December when they treated the youngsters to Christmas dinner.
The youth, 31 in all, enjoyed the spread of chicken, curried goat, rice and peas, tossed salad, drink, and Easter bun and cheese (a beloved and much-anticipated Jamaican Easter tradition).
After lunch, gift packages containing clothing, shoes and some toiletries were handed out. The youngsters expressed a particular need for shoes, which are a premium item. Those youth who are barefoot often injure the soles of the feet just walking around and most of all jumping down into the sewer. In addition, if they are to leave the sewer they need shoes, and hopefully reliable shoes.
Dwayne’s House has been collecting the sizes of pants, shirts, and shoes for the youth and has tried to match these with donated items. However, it is sometimes difficult to meet the specific needs from this source. Nevin has therefore committed to source some of these items in the U.S., which he will then try to ship to Jamaica.
The individual attention to the specific needs of these youngsters will help them to feel that they are not forgotten by a society that is often so hostile towards them. This is also a critical first step to ensuring that the youth abandon anti-social survival behavior and start contributing as productive members of Jamaican society.
See the Web page of Dwayne’s House for more information or to contribute to the effort to relieve the desperate conditions of LGBT youths who have been evicted from their homes by families and police. (Contributions from the United States and Canada are treated as charitable donations.)
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- Judge rules for LGBT youths living in Jamaican sewers (76crimes.com)
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- Jamaican Christmas cheer for homeless LGBT youths (76crimes.com)
- Jamaica: Homeless LGBT youths up close and personal (76crimes.com)
- Why Some LGBT Youths In Jamaica Are Forced To Call A Sewer Home (BuzzFeed)
- Jamaican police seize, burn donations to LGBT youths (76crimes.com)
- Jamaican police keep attacking homeless LGBTs (76crimes.com)
- Jamaica: Support grows for LGBT youths living in sewers (76crimes.com)
- 8 arrests, not help, for homeless Jamaican LGBTs (76crimes.com)