Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Caribbean (Part 2)

On Sunday I wrote about the discrimination and violence that LGBT people on the island of Trinidad and this morning I came across this article in the PinkNews about Jamaica,
Jamaica: Poll finds 91% support anti-gay buggery law
A recent poll in Jamaican media has reported that only 5% of Jamaicans say the country’s buggery law should be repealed.

The poll, which conducted interviews in September, was commissioned by the Jamaica Gleaner.

It found that 91% of Jamaicans supported the law, whereas 5% opposed it. An additional 4% said they did not know.

The poll also found that 82% said they believed gay men were not treated fairly by the legal system or police.

However 68% said gay men should not have equal rights, whereas only 26% said they should.

For transgender people, the results were even more extreme.

72% said they believe trans people should not have equal rights, whereas 23% agreed they should be treated equally.
But is anyone surprised?

I think that it is a combination of a strong Catholic beliefs and the macho culture that make Central America and the Caribbean unwelcoming for us.

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