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JUNGLE JUSTICE: Jamaican Transgender Teen Beaten To Death By Mob

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JUNGLE JUSTICE: Jamaican Transgender Teen Beaten To Death By Mob

Post by SKOOKID on Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:45 am

Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high
school for being effeminate until he dropped
out. His father not only kicked him out of the
house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering
neighbours push the youngster from the rough
Jamaican slum where he grew up.

By age 16, the teenager was dead - beaten,
stabbed, shot and run over by a car when he
showed up at a street party dressed as a
woman. His mistake: confiding to a friend that
he was attending a "straight" party as a girl for
the first time in his life.

"When I saw Dwayne's body, I started shaking
and crying," said Khloe, one of three
transgender friends who shared a derelict
house with the teenager in the hills above the
north coast city of Montego Bay. Like many
transgender and gay people in Jamaica, Khloe
wouldn't give a full name out of fear.
"It was horrible. It was so, so painful to see him
like that."

International advocacy groups often portray
this Caribbean island as the most hostile
country in the Western Hemisphere for gay and
transgender people. After two prominent gay
rights activists were murdered, a researcher
with the U.S based Human Rights Watch in 2006
called the environment in Jamaica for such
groups "the worst any of us has ever seen".

Local activists have since disputed that label,
but still say homophobia is pervasive. Dwayne's
horrific July 22 murder has made headlines in
newspapers on the island and stirred calls in
some quarters for doing more to protect
Jamaica's gay community, especially those who
live on the streets and resort to sex work.


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