Excellent coverage of Jamaica’s homeless LGBT youth by BuzzFeed correspondent J. Lester Feder includes this excerpt:
Interviews conducted with six of the youths scooped up in the sewer raid [by police on Dec. 1] paint a scary picture. All told stories of being turned out by their families, exiled by neighbors, and assaulted by classmates or neighborhood gangs.
Michael, who has the blond hair in the photograph above taken days after the raid, left his community three years ago at age 17 after being threatened at gunpoint for being gay. To his right, straddling the ditch, is Fancy Face, who is 23. She said she left home around a year and a half ago when local papers published a picture of her cross-dressing at a party raided by police.
On the far left, holding the pink handbag, is Davel. He was the youngest of the group — 15 — when his siblings forced him out of his mother’s house five years ago.
For more information, read the full article in BuzzFeed: “Why Some LGBT Youths In Jamaica Are Forced To Call A Sewer Home” and related stories below.
To contribute to the effort to help the homeless youths:
- In the United States, make online tax-deductible contributions to Dwayne’s House via the Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church in Rochester, N.Y. (On the church’s PayPal Web pages, on the page for reviewing your donation, write “Dwayne’s House” in the field labeled “Add special instructions to the seller”) before authorizing the donation.)
- In Canada, make online contributions to Dwayne’s House that are eligible for tax credit via the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. (Write “Dwayne’s House” in the Message/Instructions field of the church’s page at the CanadaHelps.org donation site.)
- In Jamaica, activists can be contacted via the Dwayne’s House Facebook page and a Web site, which is still partially under construction. Work is under way to incorporate Dwayne’s House in Jamaica, which will allow it to do its own fund-raising.
- Jamaica: Support grows for LGBT youths living in sewers (76crimes.com)
- Jamaican police keep attacking homeless LGBTs (76crimes.com)
- Gay robbery suspects arrested in New Kgn raid (Jamaica Observer, Dec. 2)
- Jamaican police seize, burn donations to LGBT youths (76crimes.com, Dec. 3)
- Group urges more state support for homosexual teens living on streets (Jamaica Gleaner, Dec. 5)
- The enemy within – Aggressive New Kingston homosexuals causing fresh backlash against community (Jamaica Gleaner, Dec. 8)
- Pastor lashes out at ‘injustices’ faced by gays (Jamaica Observer, Dec. 9)
- How to help shelter Jamaica’s persecuted LGBT youths (76crimes.com)
- Jamaican-style ‘Les Mis’: Help for LGBTs forced into the sewers? (76crimes.com)
- 8 arrests, not help, for homeless Jamaican LGBTs (76crimes.com)