A man who belonged to Jamaica's sole gay rights organizations was found viciously stabbed to death in Kingston on Friday. The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) demands a full police investigation, reports the AP.
"The body of the 26-year-old man was discovered Friday behind an insurance company building. Dane Lewis, [J-FLAG's] advocacy director, said the victim's name could not be released because his relatives had not been notified of his slaying. In a statement, the advocacy group mourned the slain man and called for a full investigation by Jamaican security forces. 'While the reason behind his death is not yet known, allegations are that his life had been under threat for some time,' the organization said. Police did not immediately return calls Sunday seeking information on the investigation into the killing."
More but conflicting information at the online edition of the Jamaica Gleaner, which reports "the body of a reported cross dresser ... was discovered behind the National Solid Life and General Insurance Branch Limited on Half-Way-Tree Road. [J-FLAG] says the man was a member of the gay community whose life had been under threat."
J-FLAG's press announcement does not say the victim was transgender or was discovered wearing women's clothing. More likely, the "reported cross dresser" description was some bigoted editorial license ...
There are escalating numbers of violence against LGBTs in Jamaica, described as "by far the most hostile island toward homosexuals in the already conservative Caribbean." The most horrific recent incidents include anti-gay mob violence. In February 2008, a mob of up to 20 men attacked the home of four gay men in Mandeville—three were seriously injured and one was killed. And in February 2007, an angry and bloodthirsty homophobic mob of more than 2,000 chased and stoned three young gay men in Kingston. The police who were called to the scene saved the gay men from their would-be killers ... but also beat them and hurled insults.
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