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GAY ACTIVISTS AMBUSH ANOTHER JAMAICAN DIGNITARY’S NYC VISIT

Posted by Tim Murphy , October 23, 2013

GAY ACTIVISTS AMBUSH ANOTHER JAMAICAN DIGNITARY’S NYC VISIT

Activists outside the Schomburg Center last night.

Tuesday night in New York a dozen queer activists from Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand protested a speech by Jamaica’s anti-gay and authoritarian former Prime Minister Bruce Golding at the Schomburg Center. Golding’s talk was part of the Caribbean International Network Lecture Series.

Chanting,“Bruce, you’re wanted! Unrepentant murder!” and “Gay rights are human rights!” the protesters lined the sidewalk outside the Harlem institution for over an hour and received comments from both supportive and non-supportive bystanders.

In May 2010, under Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s watch, over 73 Jamaican residents were massacred in Tivoli Gardens by Jamaica security forces. No one has since been held accountable.

Golding is also symbolic of Jamaica’s homophobic culture. He publicly announced his opposition to gays serving in his Cabinet on BBC Hard Talk in 2008 and has since made other homophobic statements.

Dwayne Brown, organizer of the demonstration and a gay Jamaican who fled to the USA because of death threats, said he would not go inside for Golding’s speech because he feared a violent response from the audience.

Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand feels strongly that Bruce Golding must be held accountable for the human rights offenses he oversaw during his tenure, including the Tivoli Gardens Massacre and the perpetuation of anti-gay attacks.

You can email Jamaica Anti-Homophobia Stand here.

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