Jamaican police claim equal danger faces gays, straights

Published: September 5, 2013

 LGBT Jamaicans and straight Jamaicans are equally at risk of violence, the Jamaican police allege.

 
“I have no specific evidence outside of those isolated ones, that [LGBT people are] a target group as opposed to the ordinary citizen,” said Jamaican Assistant Police Commissioner Devon Watkis.
 
The “isolated” incidents that he referred to are a recent series of attacks in Jamaica that have targeted allegedly gay men and a cross-dressing youth, who was killed at a street party.  Watkis did not suggest, however, that heterosexuals are targeted for their sexual orientation.
 
Watkis implied that LGBT people can live peacefully in Jamaica as long as they keep their sexual orientation secret. He said:
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