Being Trans in Jamaica Sounds Even Worse Than Being Gay in Jamaica
Trans folks are murdered by members of the public and the police. In Jamaica, it's 95% a possibility that a Trans person can be shot, beaten, tortured, and stabbed multiple times for turning up in public in women's clothing. The situation is so bad that Trans folks are forced to hide and live homeless in gullies, and abandoned houses. Thus putting their lives at more risk.
We need your help to protect the lives of Trans folks in jamaica, by providing safe and discreet housing, transportation, and other necessities that allow them to avoid being murdered or harass by the police and the public.
Last week, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, 16-year-old Dwayne Jones was shot and stabbed multiple times for turning up to a party in women's clothing. Jones was reportedly transgender and the murder has once again highlighted the awful reality of life for Jamaica's LGBT community. And it really is fucking awful.
In 2006, TIME magazine called Jamaica "the most homophobic place on Earth," and the anti-gay sentiment prevalent in the country's media and most popular musical genre, dancehall, has been well-documented. The Jamaica Gleaner, one of the country's largest newspapers, regularly publishes stories about the gay community with a homophobic slant. Last month, it referred to a group of men who were evicted from an abandoned house as a "gay clan" and ran an op-ed (in the year 2013) that rubbished the idea of being born gay, saying people who are attracted to the same sex actively decide to do so, in much the same way that they decide to "eat snails (like the French)" or "like the taste of jackfruit."
It's actually illegal to be Trans in Jamaica and is punishable by 10 years in prison. As such, Trans women live in fear every day of being outed as transgender; because at any point they can be prosecuted and sent to prison.