Homosexuality is still illegal in Jamaica. A few years ago, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller promised to fight against LGBT discrimination.
But one of our Jamaican readers shared with me her doubts and she was right, absolutely nothing has been done to protect LGBT people.
Last year, Human Rights Watch even released a damning report on the situation of the LGBT community in Jamaica.
Indeed, the report, entitled «Not Safe at Home: Violence and Discrimination Against LGBT People in Jamaica,» said that LGBT people are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse: beaten, stoned, raped, or killed.
We better understand the courage of the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) which will therefore organize the first Gay Pride in Jamaica from August 1 to 8 with the slogan: «The Pride of a People: Breaking the Rules of Oppression».
«Planned events include an opening ceremony, a symposium, a cultural show, a flash mob, sporting activities, a trade show for LGBT businesses, and a party,» J-FLAG said.
Lesbian Jamaican singer Dianna King supports the event.