Okay, hands up, and be honest, how many of you read the title of this post and came here expecting to read about some “what happens in Jamaica stays in Jamaica” story of sexual exploits and slackness of the highest order. C’mon, don’t worry I’m not judging.
Anyway, as keen Met Another Frog readers know, I’m very proud of my Jamaican heritage and I have mentioned Jamaica a bunch of times within this space and I’m going to do so again; and though I can usually be counted on to discuss my fair share of slackness I don’t mean to disappoint because that’s not why we’re here. No, we’re here for something far more significant.
See, Jamaica has earned a reputation as one of the most homophobic places on the planet; but perhaps change is in the air. Jamaica’s LGBT community and their allies are increasingly speaking out against discrimination based on sexual identity and I wanted to highlight one initiative I think deserves your attention. Simply called We Are Jamaican, this campaign “is…for Jamaicans, whether gay or straight, to share their experiences and perspectives about LGBT human rights” and features videos of young Jamaican LGBTers and their supporters coming out, so to speak, “in an effort to promote greater understanding and help change minds and hearts of Jamaicans about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people”.
Check out all of the videos here and watch my favourite of the lot below.