‘The most homophobic place on earth’. This is how TIME magazine described the Caribbean island Jamaica in 2006, after several incidents of excessive violence and discrimination against LGBT people. How much has changed since then? What kind of discrimination and violence does the LGBT community face? And what role does music play in spreading homophobic slurs? These are some of the topics we will discuss with our Jamaican guests, brave activists who will join us both live and over Skype.
With amongst others
- Lorenzo A. Lucas is a Jamaican LGBTI-activist and the current Amsterdam Shelter City guest.
- Rhon Reynolds is an independent researcher who authored the Human Rights Watch report ‘Not Safe at Home: Violence and Discrimination Against LGBT People in Jamaica’ (2014). He has been a global HIV-activist since the early 1990s.
- Kendra Frith works for the Colour Pink Foundation, an NGO focussing on homeless and/or displaced homosexuals, lesbians and transgenders. Some of them live in ‘the Gully’, a drainage channel, in Kingston.