All that glitters … LGBTQI people in the US also have issues

Well many folks watching television etc and seeing the mainstream lgbt issues think all is well and queer people are doing well overall in the United States. Well … wrong, the same bread and butter issues come across probably amplified in our context as our social services do not provide benefits specific to lgbt issues. I was sent a story with this video below linked to a PBS documentary on working class lgbt advocacy issues.

40 years after the Stonewall uprising, the LGBT movement is more visible than ever. But many queer people who do not conform to the image of gender, race and class most pervasive in the media, remain largely invisible-even to the movement. This month, we look at how LGBT people living on the economic margins of our society are organizing themselves to find housing, improve their professional skills, and obtain employment and health care.

Indeed a reality check and all the more reasons we should fix our own business instead of relying on the dream of asylum seeking, it’s not an easy road folks as we have seen before many Jamaicans and other nationalities who go to these countries do not adjust well to their new environments and fall in the poverty cracks and find it hard to rebuild or reshape their lives.

Gender non conforming people have it double whammy as here as well often times living in deep stealth or regularise themselves to survive and avoid problems of stigma and violent reactions.

Please watch the full video and think on these things.


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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