“This is Jamaica and we are against homosexuals”

Timothy Kincaid

April 6th, 2009

The news of the boycott against Jamaica has reached the island. Naturally, being Jamaican media, the reporter placed the boycott as solely San Franciscan in extent, questioned the “specific figures on the size of the movement”, defended the targets, and dismissed the concerns as “a perceived rise in attacks”.

Today the Jamaica Gleaner printed a letter to the editor. Needless to say, it was not one expressing condemnation of the violence or a concern about the economic impact of harboring murdering homophobes. Rather, it was the usual arrogant defense of homophobia and hatred that we have come to expect from Jamaicans.

This is Jamaica and we are against homosexuals.

There is no if, but or maybe about it. Why are they forcing us to accept them? We do not have to. We are a Christian country and homosexuality is contrary to our practices, so why should we drop all our morals, values and religious standards just to please their forbidden choice?

And as for civil protections, well there are none to be expected in the Caribbean’s pit of bigotry.

Instead of simply attacking us and trying to force us to protect and accept you, how about accepting our laws and abiding by them? You are not changing your minds and becoming heterosexuals, and we reluctantly accept that. Likewise, we are not changing our minds, or our laws to please you, so accept this. In the end, if you want to boycott our country, we don’t mind.

Thanks. I believe I will.

Jason

April 6th, 2009

Same here. Bye bye Jamaica. I’ll make sure to tell my friends about not going to Jamaica.

David

April 6th, 2009

“…so why should we drop all our morals, values and religious standards.” I had no idea asking for equal rights was asking Jamaicans to drop all of their morals, values, etc. I didn’t know their whole social system revolved around being anti-gay. I’m so much more lucid now; the Jamaica Gleaner really put things into perspective for me.

Lynn David

April 7th, 2009

No wonder I spent my entire life boycotting Jamaica…. it’s a wonder I made it as far as the Bahamas.

elaygee

April 7th, 2009

The Bahamas are no better than Jamaica.

Attmay

April 7th, 2009

They’re lucky a boycott is all they’re getting.

OTRDriver

April 7th, 2009

And this is the reason we as a population of LGBT people of the world should boycott JAMAICA Tell your friends, tell your family, tell everyone you know. Write to the STATE DEPARTMENT. Include this article to Hilliary Clinton, our Secretary of State. It’s time to take a stand.

GaySolomon

April 7th, 2009

Newsflash for the Jamaica Gleener:

This is not a San Francisco boycott. It has spread even beyond California. Add people from Canada to the list of those that will boycott this country.

David C.

April 7th, 2009

I guess this means I’m going to have to give up the Myers’s Rum that I so greatly enjoy on the weekends at my favorite gay watering holes. Now I have to go around and try to undo getting all the places I frequent to stock that particular brand of spirit. I never went or wanted to go to Jamaica, but I hope something good comes of all of this.

Tavdy

April 7th, 2009

Let them know that this is a multi-national boycott – though since I don’t actually ever buy anything produced on that Allahforsaken fleapit, I’m not sure it really counts for much…

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