Svnw688 saidJamaica is a crime ridden sh*t hole. Even native Jamaicans admit this. Visited a decade or so ago, and I never want to go back. The land and place is beautiful, but SOME--and it only takes a critical mass--of the people are bat-sh*t crazy.
Riding in the back of trucks with machetes and assault rifles. Shooting assault rifles off in the middle of the day in cities. I saw two white tourists, in a tourist area, effectively falsely arrested (citizens arrest?) and they paid money before the group of guys left and let them go on their way.
I can't with Jamaica. Sadly, most people were really nice, but there's a critical mass of trash, crime and corruption that prevents normality and progress. LGBTs of Jamaica--FLEE. There is no hope of meaningful acceptance in that country for the foreseeable future. Time to evacuate.
Which parts of Jamaica did you visit when you came here? I will definitely agree that the country is on the wrong side of history where LGBT rights are concerned, similarly to states like Arkansas and Indiana. Some persons say, we probably won't progress to a tolerant society until the next 15 to 20 years. Its going to take time, education and possibly a new generation of leaders to really bring about the change necessary to create a more accommodating environment. Other factors too that will help end homophobia include an end to poverty, better standard of living, investments in the country.
Sadly the church has a strangle whole on the country. Its part of the culture, the Christian belief system. That will always play a factor in the country's deep homophobia. I don't know what can be done there, because the churches influence on society determines the message and votes.
I do not agree with you that the country is a shithole. If you were to remove the homophobia out of the equation, the country would be considered a wonderful place. The people are otherwise friendly and caring. Just like anywhere you go in this world, there is crime and violence, often in the urban areas such as the capitol, Kingston and the second city Montego Bay.
Personally, I am exploring options to try and leave this year. Its a sad thought to know that I have to run away, it almost feels like a cowardly act. Its just, I can't wait 15 to 20 years to see the country reach a state of tolerance.
Those would be the best years of my life where I am denied the right to be who I want to be, have a relationship, have a normal life basically.