5 Gay Men Trapped by Angry Mob in Jamaica

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The fear of homosexuality and perceived contagiousness as well as communicability resulted in five (5) homosexual men being trapped and barricaded by an angry anti-gay lynch mob at their home. Community members were deeply troubled by their belief that these gay men are going to spread their homosexuality to vulnerable young boys within the community.

According to CVM TV NEWSWATCH on August 22, 2013 “men said to be homosexuals had to be rescued by a strong attachment of police. The men were marooned in a house after earning the fury of residents. The sleepy community of green gully Manchester was angrily awakens on Thursdays after the actions of an alleged homosexual man. Residence became riled up when the man allegedly made statements which made them gravely concerned. The residence would have none of it. As the story spread like wild fire throughout the community, the residents annoyance spilled over, the five (5) men and a vehicle belonging to them were barricaded. The five (5) men were rescued and escorted out of the community by police.”

One of the angry residents stated, “we have young youth growing up, and what they (gays) want to do is take them and put them in a different direction. When we can bear the hunger and don’t stoop to certain level, the youth really cannot do that. That is what really started all of this.”

One shall question the rationale behind the residents fear; and possibly conclude if their fears are plausible. In what way did the alleged homosexuals earn the mob’s fury? What were the alleged action and statements made by the accused homosexual man? These critical questions remain unanswered. Yet still, the actions taken by the mob were justified in their own regards.

The fear, ignorance and misconceptions of homosexuality are the primary causes of rampant anti-gay violence and pervasive intolerance towards gays living in Jamaica. The church sows and nourishes this seed of hatred within our society. Clearly, to impede the cycle of hate and misconception of homosexuals in Jamaica, education and sensitization outreaches are necessary and imperative. Hence the role of the church and family are critical in the fight for tolerance and equality.

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