Gay protest at Emancipation ParkMonday, May 17, 2010
HUMAN rights and gay activists held a short protest outside Emancipation Park in New Kingston this morning to coincide with today's International Day Against Homophobia.
Held between 8:00 to 8:30 am the protest was intentionally short to avoid a disturbance, said one human rights activist to whom the Observer spoke. He said that several drivers honked in support while others shouted their disapproval.
However the activist reported no violence against the protesters. He said that although not a homosexual, he took support in support of human rights in general.
"Just because in principle I believe in the universality of human rights and I'm against certain laws and public opinion in Jamaica," he explained.
Homosexuality is effectively criminalised in Jamaica by the anti-buggery laws, which are supported by public opinion.
Supported by international human rights groups, gay activists led by the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) have become increasingly vocal in recent times.