Jamaica
News from within the borders of Jamaica and the fight for LGBT equality there. As of 2013, discrimination against the LGBT community was widespread in Jamaica, and sexual acts between men could be punishable by years in prison. Gay people are often the target of hate crimes and police brutality in the country, which has led many activisits and organizations like the Human Rights Watch to label it one of the most homophobic countries in the world and an unsafe place for activists and LGBT people. Jamaica, an island nation in the Caribbean, is situated about 90 miles south of Cuba. It is an English-speaking country.
Jamaican Pastor Angers Congregation by Washing Feet of Lesbian, Trans Visitors

Jamaican Pastor Washes Feet of Lesbian, Trans Visitors

Honoring a tradition established by Jesus more than 2,000 years ago, a pastor in Jamaica is getting major push-back from his flock after controversial foot-washings.

Op-ed: Access to Justice in Jamaica Is Sparse for LGBT Citizens

Op-ed: Justice in Jamaica Is Sparse If You're LGBT

The threats of violence that preceded withdrawal of a lawsuit demanding equality from Jamaica's Supreme Court underscore the plight of LGBT people in the island nation.

Jamaican Who Challenged Buggery Law Bullied Out of Supreme Court

Jamaican Who Challenged Buggery Law Bullied Out of Supreme Court

A man has withdrawn his Supreme Court case against Jamaica's antigay law out of fear for his safety.

Jamaica’s Homeless LGBT Population & the Woman Trying to Help

Disowned by their families, Kingston’s LGBT youth take refuge in a storm drain

WATCH: Go Underground With Jamaica's 'Gully Queens'

WATCH: LGBT Jamaicans Survive in Storm Drains

LGBT youth live in sewers in Jamaica because their families and society have turned their backs on them.

Bisexual Jamaican Won't Be Deported — Yet
July 03 2014 4:56 PM ET

Bisexual Jamaican Won't Be Deported — Yet

A U.K. immigration court determined that Orashia Edwards was 'dishonest' about his sexual orientation, but the bisexual Jamaican and his supporters contend he's been consistent throughout.

Thousands of Jamaicans Rally to Save Antigay 'Buggery' Law

25,000 Jamaicans Rally to Save Antigay 'Buggery' Law

The massive rally provides evidence of increasing efforts to ramp up Jamaican homophobia by some religious leaders in the island nation.

New Campaign To Help Jamaican LGBT Community

New Campaign Aims to Help Jamaican LGBT Community

In honor of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, Human Rights First unveiled a new campaign.

Judge Rules Homeless Jamaican LGBT Youth Can Keep Living in Sewers

Judge: Homeless Jamaican LGBT Youth Can Live in Sewers

It's a modicum of progress in a nation marred by violent homophobia.

LGBT Contingent Joins West Indian Celebration

LGBT Contingent Joins West Indian Celebration

This year, for the first time, the Brooklyn, N.Y., Carnival celebration featured an LGBT group, which called for an end to homophobia in Caribbean nations.

WATCH: Jamaican Gay Man Murdered, House Burned
September 09 2013 12:51 PM ET

WATCH: Jamaican Gay Man Murdered, House Burned

Dean Moriah, 41, was reportedly stabbed to death August 28 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Cross-Dressing Teen Murdered in Jamaica

'Cross-Dressing' Teen Murdered in Jamaica

An angry mob chased and killed a gender non-conforming 17-year-old who wore women’s clothing to a party near Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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