Needless to say, after reading my title it should be obvious that Jamaica’s lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual youth are suffering. Jamaica is vehemently and openly anti-gay in its popular culture and politics, but a little bit of Christian “light” is being shined on homeless youth who are living in Kingston’s sewer system after being kicked out of their family homes for not being heterosexual.
Reverend Margaret Fowler, a minister of the United Church and also a director of Dwayne’s House(an organization seeking homes for homeless LGBT youth), took individuals who had come to Kingston for a regional conference on human trafficking to the sewers to visit the homeless youth.
Initially, reading the article, it was good to see that people who claimed to be very Christian, were not so judgmental about homosexual activity. Sadly, after reading the entire piece, the author mentions that the female visitors promised to protect the male visitors from the gay youth. The men were actually afraid of being violated by kids.
Also, the leader of the group told everyone that if they were left behind that they would have to claim their earnings from sex work the next morning. Oh haha, that is so funny. These kids have to sell their bodies to eat. I hope the “Christians” don’t charge too little and end up hurting the sewer sex economy. I especially find this trafficking.
Apparently, one member also gave encouragement to the youth, quoted the bible, and proclaimed their support of the freedom to choose your sexuality. Well, thanks… because those kids must have willfully chose to be gay and live in a sewer rather than stay at home and be straight and make their lives easy. Wouldn’t you choose a sewer? I know I would…I’ll be moving there next week. Tell LOGOTV where to find me.
Also, many of the members were amazed at how well-behaved the youth were. I wouldn’t be so amazed, these children weren’t thrown out for bad behavior, they were tossed away by their families for being gay. Starved for attention and love, they welcomed you, ignorant morons, into their “home”.
I am trying to look at the bright side, that someone is taking time out to help these children who have been forgotten by their families, but I can’t help but recognize how ignorant these “saviors” still are. They sounded more like they had visited a colony of monkeys who have recently taken up cannibalism (“Oh how charming! That monkey has another monkey in its mouth!”) than having been visitors to a group of children forced to live in the sewers. Next they will be installing a glass bubble so they can watch what the kids are doing like at the zoo. “Ooh! Look, that one just gave a handy!”
This account I just ripped apart was by Jamaican activist Yvonne McCalla-Sobers, who is chair of Dwayne’s House, the initiative seeking to provide a home for LGBT youths. You can read about her ignorance more here: http://ilga.org/ilga/en/article/oySwyj914D