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March 10, 2014

Police have repeatedly attempted to evict the LGBTI youths from the sewers, with attempts to 'burn' them out and conducting early morning raids 

Jamaica gay teens thrown out by their families, chased out of shelters and abandoned by the state have been told they can live in sewers.

A New Kingston judge has advised police that LGBTI teens are allowed to stay in their last option for refuge as sewers are public spaces.

Police have repeatedly tried to evict the youngsters from the sewers and gullies, on the pretext they ‘attract criminals’.

Last week on 5 March, officers once again raided the gutters and demanded the youth leave immediately.

December 3, 2013

Jamaican Police have rounded up a group of gay men and cross dressers who were sleeping rough in a gully, accusing them of being thieves

A group of gay men and cross dressers who were living homeless in a New Kingston gully have been rounded up by Jamaican Police, with five more wanted for questioning.

Police raided the gully midday Monday, shaking awake the men, many of whom were made up and wearing wigs and women’s clothing.

At the end of the one hour raid 8 people were handcuffed and transported to Half-Way-Tree Police Station, with police claiming a number of stolen items were recovered from the gully.

October 18, 2013

Jamaican police officers burned the belongings of ‘unruly gay men’ living in and around a gully in New Kingston

Jamaican police officers have burned the property of gay and bisexual men living in New Kingston.

The officers from St Andrews Central Police burned clothing and other property of the men who are living in and around Trafalgar Road.

A TV report of the raid on 15 October claims some of the men were male prostitutes working one of the area’s busiest streets.

The report also says police and security guards accuse them of throwing missiles at local businesses and verbally harassing male employees.

July 10, 2012

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemns brutal murder of two gay men in New Kingston

Human rights campaigners are condemning the brutal murder of two gay men in Jamaica and calling on the government to investigate whether the crime was homophobic.

The bodies of the victims, which appeared to have been chopped up and mutilated, were found near several blood stained rocks in New Kingston on 13 June.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called on the island’s government to investigate whether the men were killed because of their sexuality.

March 28, 2012

Sweden gay groups celebrate as anti-gay Jamaica reggae star has Stockholm gig cancelled

Gay groups in Sweden are celebrating today after they successfully stopped anti-gay reggae star Sizzla performing in the capital, Stockholm at the last minute.

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights says the scheduled gig, due to take place tonight (28 March), has been put off due to a backlash from the gay community.

In a statement, the organization said: ‘It should go without saying that gigs should not be booked for this man.’

March 20, 2012

Sizzla performs Buju Banton murder music song mash-up at Jamaica gig

Jamaican reggae star Sizzla has again called for gays to be killed at a concert where he praised imprisoned fellow star Buju Banton.

His remarks and performance are a further breach of the Reggae Compassionate Act, intended to stop homophobia among leading reggae stars, which he signed in June 2007.