Jamaica Hot on International Stage but remember the realities

Commendable the performances of our athletes at the Olympics and they have certainly done us proud, make no mistake, it seems that some however, especially in media have become drunk with celebrating our victories and successes.

Lest we forget that we are still the murder capital of the world and we still haven’t changed our stand against gays in Jamaica and ALL the other ills that exist in our reality. I guess when we float down from cloud 10 well will realise it was just a moment in history to be looked on later as one of our few positives these days. Not to be a neh sayer but we need to get real people. Suddenly the news casts just brush aside realities that do exists to cover the Olympics in full, absolutely amazing, I am not saying we must dwell on negatives but sheeesh news radio and TV have become overnight sports channels.

As for holidays for the athletes for celebration as being suggested in certain quarters, the drunkenness continues, we already have too many holidays in my book and valuable productive hours are lost because of our need to party all the time and laziness. I am quite certain we can have appropriate celebrations and ceremonies for our sportsmen and women without stopping our productive activities as we badly need the income nationally speaking.

Kudos to our athletes, make no mistake I am proud of them but what of the rest of us here?, well that’s something for us to seriously think about, for someone like me involved in LGBT work and other human and social rights and interventions – I have to be real. People are dying, crime is rampant, gays are abused and hurt daily, our young are victimized, politicians jostle for power while exploiting the poor and not to mention the cost of living.

When is the dust gonna settle and we can get back to reality and realise that the Olympics end soon and its back to square one folks?

Howie seh so



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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