Tuesday, 19 April 2016 23:40

Hatred And Rejection Of Homosexual Relationships Up Over 15% In Jamaica

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A new survey reveals that hatred and rejection of homosexual people in Jamaica increased by over 15% since 2011.

The 2015 Awareness, Attitude and Perception Survey was conducted between June and July 2015 and asked 1,003 people, employers, politicians and members of the public, to answer a number of questions and had to define how they perceived homosexual relationships. These respondents lived everywhere in Jamaica to have a result that can translate the feeling of the population.

This report is an initiative of JFLAG, the Jamaican Forum Of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, which wanted to know what is the real situation in their country and the result is not so great as it was an increase of over 15% since 2012, from 46% to 61% for the population. As for politicians, 30% of them don't accept gay relationships and only 14% of employers share this feeling.

The reasons are the same as usual: religion and morality.

Also in this report, we learn that unfortunately the vast majority of people think that when a person is gay, she can be changed and can become straight. There is still this idea that homosexuality is a disease, a phase or a consequence of social issues, which enormously hinders acceptance as you can imagine.

After reading the results of this report, the Executive Director of JFLAG Dane Lewis summarized the situation by saying there is still a lot of work, but progress has held like the organization of the first Gay Pride:

 "They show the tremendous amount of work we need to do to engender a society where everyone can feel safe and know that the laws will secure justice for them if their rights have been infringed."

Casually in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa, progress have always started with a Gay Pride.