Kingston — September 24, 2010
Despite calls for tolerance by our religious, political and social leaders, attacks against Jamaica’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population continue unabated. The latest such attacks occurred this September when knife wielding thugs carried out ‘corrective rapes’ of two lesbians in separate incidents within days of each other.
In response to these most recent attacks and the seeming inability or unwillingness of the nation’s political leaders to curb them, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) and its human rights allies held a 30 minutes silent ‘Stand Up to Violence’ in front of Emancipation Park on Friday, September 24, 2010 which began at 7:40am.
Dane Lewis, Executive Director of J-FLAG, hailed the event as a success despite the delayed start because of the rain. This was also measured by the broad based support received from numerous allies & agencies, including Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, members of Jamaicans for Justice, Pride in Action, Women for Women, Sex Work Association of Jamaica, Sunshine Cathedral Jamaica, Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition and AIDS Free World.
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