Jamaica: The Gayest place on earth.

In Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean American interest, Caribbean interest, Caribbean news, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad on March 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm

If you’re gay, don’t visit Jamaica and if you’re a Jamaican who happens to be gay, flee while you still have limbs. 

Jamaicans hate gays. There’s no mistaking their abhorrence for the gay and lesbian community. When Jamaicans are not chomping on Escovitch fish, they’re chopping bodies of gay men. I know. You’re incredulous at my accusations and think, “What an ignorant, girl, that MJ.” But no lie. It was sadly reported in the March issue of Essence Magazine – the body snatching and slicing that is of a man who happened to be gay. A mob beat up the poor guy until their blows snuffed the life out of him then chopped his body into pieces all because, “Batty boy fi dead.”

His body or pieces of it were found on the side of a dusty road. 

Interesting group of people, those Jamaicans. Gotta love em’ and their eccentric sense of style. Oh, that bunch always does things a little differently, like say the gleaming Chinese straight hair weaves, their ardent taste for khakis year-round, and never-ending supply of multicolored shoes (Remember Travel Fox?).

Because rocking shoes with these patterns and hues are very masculine. And when you pair any of these shoes with one of those ugly netted tops…well, that image doesn’t conjure thoughts of the Village People. Not. At. All.

Watch out Kenneth Cole. Who said you knew anything about men’s fashion? 


Netted topping looks somewhat like this but sans the extra gay-looking pants.

Netted topping looks somewhat like this but sans the extra gay-looking pants.

But in all fairness to this Caribbean group, hatred of gays and lesbian isn’t a Jamaican thing. Though gay hatred seems heighten in that country, it’s a West Indian thing – which is oxymoronic when you really think about it. People of the West Indies are perceived to be a loving, coconut juice-sipping, indigenous bunch, not hate mongers. I was chatting it up with Mama MJ a few weeks ago. We weren’t talking about anything in particular. My curiosity was piqued so I asked her out the blue how Haitians feel about gays. She said there is disdain for same-sex couples and that long ago, gay men were murdered on the island. 

I asked her if she thought killing them was right. I breathed a sigh of relief when she said no. It’s not that I don’t get why some people get the willies when they see gay men and women. They’re homophobic – clearly. It’s just that I don’t see the necessity to kill another human being. To harm gays and lesbians or kill them is absolutely wrong.

Caribbeans folks are typically pro-life. I can’t help but wonder why that life suddenly becomes expendable if it swings the other way.  – MJ


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