Recent Homophobic Attack, June – Men chased from home in St. Catherine

On May 25 of this year two males were attacked at their home caused by a rumour started by a “female friend” who deliberately incited one against the other, as it turned out an argument developed between the two males, it was at this time that this “female friend” called attention to them and a mob who descended on the boys.

They both sustained injuries with one as shown above with his right leg broken and scratches and bruises and the left finger of the other sprained.

The matter was reported to the Police with select Officers being very cooperative while others were open with scaving remarks and one male officer demanded the boys leave the station.

However the “Professional officers” saw to it that the matter was dealt with and the victims left the station without fear. Thanks officers.

Thanks especially to a woman constable who shall remain nameless who has asked us to keep her abreast of the boys situation, she has left her personal cell number.

A special thank you to a former JFLAG Crisis Intervention Officer who has sheltered the boys in her own home and has promised to do so until they can fully get back on their feet. Of note JFLAG decided not to intervene in this matter as the boys were deemed trouble makers since they had problems in their relationship which sometimes led to fights. I was troubled by this decision however as I was of the opinion that the organization was to serve the community.

Is JFLAG now involved in bigotry and discrimination itself too? Very selective it seems in offering assistance.

The broken legged victim has since had the cast removed and he has returned to his job as a landscaper, while the other is job hunting.

UPDATE: Oct 7, 2009 – both men have moved on and have separated but have found employment and housing with some help from friends and the above mentioned crisis intervention Officer.

Peace
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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

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