Jamaica: Good Samaritan near death from anti-gay knife attack

A hate crime highlights the continued problem of LGBTQIA homeless people in Jamaica. Perhaps some of the wealthy LGBT groups should use the approach religious groups in the US do when trying to proselytize in other countries and send money and staff to start a safe house or alternative housing project? Just an idea.

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Asheen Walford  (Photo courtesy of the National Anti-Discrimination Alliance and Facebook) Asheen Walford (Photo courtesy of the National Anti-Discrimination Alliance and Facebook)

A young man who works with homeless LGBT youths in Jamaica is in critical condition in a New Kingston area hospital, suffering from knife wounds inflicted Oct. 24 by a group of anti-gay men attacking LGBT youths who have been repeatedly evicted from wherever they choose to stay.

Police removed them in January from the Shoemaker Gully drainage channel in New Kingston and sealed off the site. They stayed for a while in the area of Clocktower Plaza, but a mob attacked them there in April.  Lately they have been living near the Canadian Embassy in the former cholera cemetery.

But their presence there was recently publicized in the Jamaica Gleaner. Soon after the Gleaner’s Oct. 4 article, Loop Jamaica reported, government workers tried to evict them again. The Gleaner article apparently also prompted anti-gay attackers to…

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One Response to Jamaica: Good Samaritan near death from anti-gay knife attack

  1. I hope and pray for a recovery. Both depressing and maddening for someone to be persecuted and murdered (that at least was their intention) for their bravery and decency.

    I remember a Jamaican friend, whom I shall not name to spare his feelings, once showed me a video of police in Jamaica beating up a young gay student. The most disturbing aspect was that he seemed to think I would find it amusing.

    At any rate, this is one country (of several) that is never likely to be on my tourist trail unless things drastically improve…

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