Gay community “saddened” by recent murders

Gay community “saddened” by recent murders

Thursday, June 14, 2012

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LOBBY group Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals & Gays (J-FLAG) says the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is saddened by the murders of two gay men in Kingston yesterday, and others over the last three months.
"We the community and allies send our condolences to the loved ones, friends and families of these persons… we condemn these and other grotesque murders which continue to threaten peace, citizen security and justice in Jamaica," said Dane Lewis, executive director.
According to Lewis, members of the LGBT community have reported that eight gay men have been murdered within the last three months.
These, the group acknowledged, included two young men who were killed in New Kingston Tuesday night.
"While the motive for these latest senseless killings remains unclear, we expect that the government and police will thoroughly investigate all crimes, thereby mitigating their impact on all Jamaicans, regardless of socio-economic status, disability, health status, sexual orientation or gender identity,” J-FLAG said.
“We stand ready to partner with the police to bring justice and respect to those whose right to life has been violated.”

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