Unfortunately, as the news and editorial pages in the Jamaica Gleaner and Observer put a slight cap on anti-gay copy, the women's pages have become an unlikely source for homophobic rants. The latest: An alleged "glimpse inside the lifestyle of a male prostitute" is found in the woman's lifestyle section in the Observer.
I knew he was gay before he even said a word. The feminine nature of his gestures and the way he walked gave him away. But when the police looked at me, being the only female present, and said "If you take off your clothes right now, it wouldn't do a thing for him", and he turned in my direction and said "Who, she? I don't see her", his sexual preference became even clearer.
The column is a fairly typical of the mix of fact, fiction and island lore. The writer attempts to explain how many younger men "get caught up in this lifestyle"—apparently, untold riches and police protection are the par for the course in the Jamaican gay underground—which may soon become the mainstream.
From recent accounts, it seems that in the near future heterosexuals will become the minority, while gays consume the larger part of Jamaica's populace. Despite this possibility, however, gays still have to be on the 'down low' - no pun intended - since the subject will continue to aggravate many heterosexuals who think that it is downright nasty. And to be labeled as a "b.... man" while in the wrong crowd may almost certainly lead to death. Yet, it is hard to ignore that being a homosexual in Jamaica does have an unfair advantage.
Yeah, we'd agree that random murders and anti-gay violence is "an unfair advantage" in life, probably an argument against anyone who would assume that people simply choose to "get caught up in this lifestyle." That danger in itself limits people publicly coming out in places like Jamaica ... which, contrary to the writer's sensational claims, will remain majority heterosexual "in the near future" and for many years to come.
Interesting: Routine and violent rape of women, child murder, corruption, crime and HIV/AIDS are among the most pressing issues in Jamaican society ... and the people most likely to suffer from issues choose instead to focus on the mythic velvet mafia.
Inside the Lifestyle of a Male Prostitute (Ja Observer)
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