Waymon Hudson

Deadly Anti-Gay Attack in Jamaica Spurs Protests

Filed By Waymon Hudson | February 13, 2008 4:06 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: anti-gay, Jamaica, protest

PhotobucketAnother deadly anti-gay attack has occurred in Jamaica.

The Jan. 29th attack left one man dead and two men seriously injured with machete wounds. The surviving men have said that a group of men came to their house in Mandeville, Jamaica, to demand that they leave because they were gay. The men later returned with a large, violent mob and began throwing rocks.

The scene soon escalated and the mob broke into the house wielding machetes and began attacking the men inside. The victims called police, but they did not arrive until 90 minute later. By then, two of the men were seriously injured with multiple machete wounds and a third man was missing, now presumed dead.

This is the latest in a long string of attacks in Jamaica against LGBT people. According to Human Rights Watch, Jamaica is considered to be one the most homophobic country in the world.

In response to this latest attack, leaders of the Metropolitan Community Churches, a worldwide assembly of gay and lesbian congregants, is calling for an International Day of Action on Feb. 14th. They are asking GLBT supporters and human rights activists to protest at Jamaican embassies around the world.

For more information on a protest near you, click here.

Also posted on The Homo Politico

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