Ehhh em, would you mind if someone who lives there speaks on the issue.
First all, I watched that news report and informed an LGBT Activist living in North America about the report.
The PM said she is leaving it up to a conscious vote whether to repeal the law or not. Right now, she does not consider it to be a priority because there are bigger things at issue like poverty.On living in Jamaica as a Gay man, I will quote what I said in a previous thread:
I live in Jamaica (born and grown) and to be honest, its not as dramatic as some make it. Yes, Jamaicans are homophobic, if you keep that out of sight and mind and avoid expressing your same sex attractions, you can live a pretty abnormal lonely life here.
That's my situation, the only time I have ever had any sexual contact was when I was 12 with another 14 year old. I am now 29 and to be honest, love and relationship is non-existent in my life. Its hard, because it brings up another conundrum. Because I work in a rural area, its hard to maintain a single life for long without it brining up questions. Don't think its any better if you move to the urban areas, in fact, its likely worst there and dangerous.
Jamaicans are nosy and let another persons personal life become their priority. So, issues like, a single 29 year old male I have never seen with a girl or woman before. Even in the workplace, it becomes a problem after a while.
I would love to be out, but that puts you at risk of physical harm and even murder. Its just the reality. Also, you cannot confide in anyone, you just cannot trust anyone, because eventually they will tell someone who will tell someone, then the entire community ends up knowing your business.
I hope to leave the country within the next 2 to 5 years so I can really be who can be without fear. I live on a beautiful island and take offense to the country being poor and dirty. Yes, its a developing nation and we still have a long way to go before reaching developed status. Economically, it is tough out here, but I am able to live, afford the things I want if I save towards them.
Its just one of the core components of what makes me a human cannot be expressed and is threatened because of the countries strong Christian beliefs and a culture of hate towards homosexuality. I would some day to love to meet a beautiful guy I can fall in love with and make a life with. Heck, I wouldn't mind just having a nice guy in my life. You can't because of the threat that exist. Sometimes I thank God for the Internet, porn, websites like this and my right hand.
Should you visit the island? Sure, do so, but do understand that you can't openly express your homosexuality. They are not gonna ask if you are gay or straight at the airport or hotel. You can venture out and explore the island, but do it with someone you can trust and as with any strange place, becareful plus keep it platonic!
The people here are nice otherwise, very caring and appreciative, but the bad side exist, it is entrenched: Jamaicans do not like gay people. Its the same with my family, my mother and father and my siblings hate gay people. My father died many years ago, not out to my family and don't have intention to be. Do they know, sometimes I think so, but they just ignore it. One of my siblings brought up the topic to my mother, I think he is in stage of life where he should have a girlfriend and I find it strange. This is something my mother brought up to me.
So, as I enter my 30s, you know its gonna get a bit more intense.
So to conclude, the only folks who have to worry about violence are the native Gay men and women who live here.