This morning in Kingston, Jamaica: Human rights and gay activists held a brief and impromptu LGBT rights protest as part of the worldwide series of events on the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Not only was there no violence, there were "several" honks of support, reports the Jamaica Observer.
"Held between 8:00 to 8:30 am the protest was intentionally short to avoid a disturbance, said one human rights activist to whom the Observer spoke. He said that several drivers honked in support while others shouted their disapproval. However the activist reported no violence against the protesters. He said that although not a homosexual, he took support in support of human rights in general. 'Just because in principle I believe in the universality of human rights and I'm against certain laws and public opinion in Jamaica,' he explained."
Last month, about three dozen gay and HIV/AIDS activists celebrated what was called Jamaica's first Gay Pride march—also without any fights, mobs or attacks whatsoever. Amazing. Only a few years ago in Jamaica there were a number of bloodthirsty anti-gay lynch mobs that killed men suspected of being gay—even breaking into their homes.