Jamaicans need to condemn attacks on LGBTI youth


Did Jamaica ignore violence against LGBTI youth on IDAHOT-B?

Oshane Gordon (Photo courtesy of CVMTV News) Oshane Gordon (Photo courtesy of CVMTV News)

On Sunday, May 17, there was a public march in Kingston, Jamaica, to condemn an upsurge in violence against the nation’s children. That date was also the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT-B), and coincidentally this year, the focus was on LGBTI youth.

Regrettably, during the march there was no mention of the tragic situation facing LGBTI youth on the island, including vicious bullying, homelessness, senseless mob attacks, and unsolved murders, such as those of Dwayne Jones and Oshane Gordon.

Dwayne was a 16-year-old homeless trans* youth who was brutally killed by a mob on the night of July 22, 2013, because she dared to attend a public street dance dressed as she identified. Two years before Dwayne’s death another LGBTI youngster in Montego Bay met a savage end. Thugs invaded the…

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