"Keep it to Yuself mentality" on homosexuality part 2 …. on "str8 Jamaica

In part one of this post I examined the general belief of Jamaicans on the keeping of homosexual tendencies private or to ones self as the only way people will begin to overlook the lifestyle to a certain extent and the music involved.

GO HERE for part 1 see also video on Ernie Smith’s interview (MP who lashed out at gays in Parliament recently) where he expressed the same sentiments about gays keeping “filth” to ourselves. MP’s Erratic Behaviour in Parliament using or abusing his parliamentary privileges to lambaste even the police.

Also see popular Jamaican homophobic words and their use

People like Shirley Richards and others in the anti-gay lobby get easy opportunities in the print media to spew their homophobic rhetoric without fail or question by the respective editors even when it is clear that garbage is written for example see Jamaicans homophobic? That’s a lie! letter to the Gleaner she wrote recently. These folks would prefer us disappearing or retreating in our selves and yet they are members of church congregations and christian organisations if they had magic they would make us straight and win in the end.

Here are some things I think that are worth pondering as a nation in the utopic dream of an all straight Jamaica. These are supposed to be the heterosexual models the anti gay lobby clearly overlook when spewing their words of hate.

Start each point with the following sentence:
In a heterosexual Jamaica and in the interest of protecting children we:

  • Hatch kids like chickens only for our boys to end up homeless in some instances to to become windshield wipers, yet we (including the anti gay lobby snobs) have now set the police to lock them up because they are a nuisance.
  • have female teens who are poked, prodded and penetrated on certain modes of public transportation by grown men sometimes in full view of adults and nothing comes out of it except a baby or a HIV+ teen.
  • allow illegitimate children to be left in the care of the state only for them to die in a fire because they were “trouble makers” so who cares, an inquiry is carried out and no one in charged.
  • loose face and trust in Pastors due to several acts of indiscretion with teenage girls of note the gang rape that was taped and encouraged by a deacon recently as he looked on cheering the youngsters committing the acts.
  • watch pastors left with the care of teens fondles, caresses and has intercourse with three girls at once and gets a slap on the wrist by a light jail term, bail and very little public outrage.
  • hatch even more children as chickens seeing it’s what we are here to do, replenish the earth they say, yet we have so many homeless kids as ticking time bombs and prime candidates for crimes in adult life with the children’s homes & places of shelter already overcrowded.
  • Allow music that is openly sexually suggestive to ring out at any opportune time without supervision, then wonder why kids take the lyrics literally and go have casual sex.
  • have children only to teach them to hate homosexuals and be violent without even realising that your own child may be gay.
  • teach our children to be selective about “sin” so str8 sin is ok as long as it is not anything gay.

This is the heterosexual model that the anti gay lobby so vigorously defends with a bible beating us over our heads. What a mess and yet most gays and lesbians already just out of decency do keep our sexual preferences to ourselves but the anti gay lobby would love to be a fly on the wall or peek through my key hole to see who is pushing what in where or in the case of my lesbian friends who is dining on who as we are percieved as sex crazed perverts.

I suggest to the anti gay folks that you get to know someting before you criticise it.

We do keep it to (“weself“) ourselves and the anti gay lobby and others should stay out of our damn business and leave us alone.

We all can live together if we only try.


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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