Kingston — December 4, 2010
In a press release the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) has indicated its sadness on the recent murder of a transgendered sex worker.
The press release notes that “this unfortunate event highlights the serious safety and security challenge that confronts the LGBT community in Jamaica, as well as those who engage in sex work. While the reason behind his death is not yet known, allegations are that his life had been under threat for some time. J-FLAG condemns the rampant breach of rights meted out to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jamaicans, who are often denied their human rights to life, privacy, respect and dignity because of stigma, discrimination and violence”.
Official reports indicate that the body was found with stab wounds behind the National Solid Life and General Insurance Branch Limited on Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew on Friday, November 3, 2010.
Recognizing the fear that murders and acts of violence against members of the LGBT community are not thoroughly investigated by the Police Force, the press release encourages the security forces to thoroughly investigate this case so as to ensure that justice is served. It further calls upon the Jamaican parliament to demonstrate leadership and publicly condemn violence against all people regardless of their sexual orientation.
Recognition of the rights of transgendered persons is a gray area under Jamaican Law and members of this sub-community are often marginalized even by the wider gay community.