This is excellent news. A new anti-homophobia video PSA campaign debuts today on Jamaican television and the internet. The campaign is called "Unconditional Love" and features Christine Straw, former Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe, and her gay brother Matthew Straw.
"As Jamaicans we have to stop this stupidity of alienating our [people] because of their orientation," says the beauty queen. "They are our brothers and our sisters and we must love them, no matter what ... because they need support and encouragement."
The campaign was co-sponsored by the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG), Jamaica AIDS Support For Life and Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition. It is believed to be the first anti-homophobia television PSA in Jamaica.
The campaign debuts at a time of heightened brutality, violence and harassment toward Jamaica's besieged LGBT community. Two gay bars were raided in February 2011. In December 2010, an activist with JFLAG was found viciously stabbed to death. There have been no arrests. In March 2011, the nude dead body of a male rape victim was discovered. And again, there were no arrests.
UNAIDS, UNICEF and the United States Ambassador to Jamaica Pamela Bridgewater are supporting the campaign. Watch the video clip and a Jamaican news report AFTER THE JUMP ...