Punishing masculinity in gay asylum claims?

Men who act like “men” according to Jamaican society’s dictates and who find themselves in seeking asylum in countries other than that of their birth seem to be coming under threat just because of their masculinity.
We have been hearing of this trend in recent times and it would indicate the the powers that be are associating the idea of effeminate behaviour and gaydom to be one in the same or at least intrinsically linked.
I guess it would be safe to conclude that “tops” would be naturally masculine in stereotypical terms and the passive “bottoms” would be the flaming queens or girly types. Sad how we limit ourselves to our behaviours in our roles as gay men and that the mainstream stick to these rigid unwritten rules of behaviour.
In a telephone conversation recently with an asylum seeker overseas he said that appeal was turned down because the authorities presiding over his case thought he wasn’t campy enough so they didn’t believe he would be a victim of abuse if he were to be returned to Jamaica. He has since appealed again but have found that at the holding area where he was housed that there were other men who went out of their way to physically present as effeminate in order to enhance their case as they were aware of the “problem”.
Wow, what a system.
To think that society on a whole in a Jamaican perspective dislike effeminate behaviour from men so many gay men retreat into themselves and adopt artificial attitudes to conform it seems strange that the opposite would obtain elsewhere to obtain a safe refuge. The irony.
Such is life I guess.
Howie seh so…………….Peace

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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