‘NY Times’ Shines Light On Anti-Gay Jamaica

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Jamaica’s anti-gay reputation grows this morning. We gay folk have been deriding the rise of homophobic attacks for months, but now the NY Times has gotten in on the not-so-fun.

Being gay in Jamaica is not easy. For years, human rights groups have denounced the harassment, beating and even killing of gays here, to little avail. No official statistic has been compiled on the number of attacks. But a recent string of especially violent, high-profile assaults has brought fresh condemnation to an island otherwise known as an easygoing tourist haven.

“One time may be an isolated incident,” said Rebecca Schleifer, a researcher for Human Rights Watch who has studied the issue and regularly gets calls from the island from gays under attack. “When they happen on a repeated basis across the country, it is an urgent problem that deserves attention at the highest levels.”

Yeah, mon!