A country where violence against the LGBT community was once rife is increasingly adopting a more liberal outlook. Early one late summer morning, more than people gathered under the lush canopy of Hope Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica , for a breakfast party. The revellers ate — ackee, saltfish, fried plantain — and swayed to a soundtrack of dancehall and soca. Same-sex couples danced together. The park was strung with rainbow banners for the fourth annual Pride JA celebrations. At about midday, the party wrapped up.
LGBT rights in Jamaica
LGBT rights in Jamaica - Wikipedia
Jamaica has been described as the most homophobic country in the world, thanks to its brutal, archaic laws and cultural attitudes towards the LGBT community. Read on to find out more about the history of LGBT rights in Jamaica, and help you decide whether to choose this as a holiday destination. Toggle navigation. Alaska Canada USA.
Why do so many Jamaicans hate gay people?
Jamaica has a bad reputation for anti-gay prejudice. This small island in the Caribbean has become notorious not only for its anti-gay laws, political rhetoric and murders, but also for its broad societal acceptance of severe sexual prejudice and openly hostile music. Most people remember dancehall star Buju Banton, who hit the scene when he was 15 with the hugely popular Boom Bye Bye. The lyrics go:.
Sexual intercourse between men is legally punishable by imprisonment, though this law is no longer enforced and repeal is pending. Sexual intercourse between women is however legal. In , Time magazine labelled Jamaica "the most homophobic place on Earth",  and in the majority of LGBT people were subject to homophobic violence. The government of Jamaica said in that it "is committed to the equal and fair treatment of its citizens, and affirms that any individual whose rights are alleged to have been infringed has a right to seek redress.