Friday, February 15, 2008
Jamaica and the Global War on Gay People
Ever since I started writing about the persecution of gay people in Jamaica, I've been hoping for this to happen.
Gareth Henry, a leading Jamaican gay activist, has come to Canada claiming refugee status.
Henry says 13 of his friends have been killed in Jamaica since 2004.
One 22-year-old friend who was suspected of being gay was chased by a mob, Henry told CBC News. The only place he could run to was the harbour. He couldn't swim.
Everyone," said Henry, "stood and watched him drown."
Not just because it will put the spotlight on our homophobic immigration officials. The same ones who ordered Alvaro Orozco deported because they didn't believe he was gay.
But also because it could finally make Canadians wake up to the horror that is Jamaica.
And force our self styled human rights champion Stephen Harper to show his true colours.
Oh yeah.....if you can't remember what happened to Gareth Henry back in Jamaica.
Here's the story.
And here's the video...
A mob of 2000 people going after three human beings trying to beat them to death ... or slash them with machetes or set them on fire ......just because of who they are.
And nobody does nothing to stop it. Or raise a voice in protest. Doesn't it sound familiar?
And this diseased hatred isn't just a Jamaican problem.
The President of Sao Paulo's Gay Pride Association was hospitalised after he was attacked at their offices yesterday.
Activists estimate that more than 2,680 gay people were murdered in Brazil between 1980 and 2006
Where does it start?
In the classroom.
Prosecutors today alleged that the shooting of 15-year-old eighth-grader at an Oxnard campus by a classmate was a hate crime.
Several students at the south Oxnard campus said King and his alleged assailant had a falling-out stemming from King's sexual orientation. The teenager sometimes wore feminine clothing and makeup, and proclaimed he was gay
Should straight people be doing more to end this global war on gay people? This genocidal assault on our humanity.
Should we fight back? By all means necessary.
When will end?
When we can get enough decent straight people to join with us to stop it.
And when will THAT happen?
The sooner the better.
But don't hold your breath...