With the increase of homophobic violence here especially that of our lesbian sisters where another case of "Corrective Rape" has occurred within the past weeks making this the fifth such case in Jamaica in this year alone. The victims, a couple, had suffered before in 2008 after they were threatened by thugs in their residence at the time, they since relocated to another area to rebuild their lives but trouble seem to follow (not the same thugs) and they were allegedly held at gunpoint this time and raped in new surroundings. Sadly I feel really down by this latest news of vicious hate against another human being. It is not yet clear how the actual buildup to this act took place but clearly this is something radically wrong.
A set of questions came to mind:
- What can be done for victims and their recovery so as to avoid new attacks?
- Do we need to look at safe zones for persons to live?
- Are life skills or survival techniques needed to be taught as well for GLBTQ people in general?
- How do we engage the public in conversations about tolerance and basic respect for human life?
- What rights do there that exists for glbtq people?
- How are we the active agitators gonna wake up the sleepers among us to realise the seriousness of the situation?
- Is JFLAG still needed in this fight and if so what role could they play?
- How do we tap into the capacities available in government an the private sector?
- Do we need to put the pink dollar in our pockets and do not support unfriendly businesses?
- How do we begin to educate the public on basic human rights?
There are too many movers and shakers in this country who know what they are and can do something to stop or at least foster the well needed discussion and self examination as a nation to deal with all the attendant issues of human rights in general. We as glbtq people also have to be prepared to work with and in other areas of rights and freedoms to secure rights for all.
Everyone has to be prepared to move out of their comfort zones in order to understand and act on issues to respect the human component of who we are as a people. Tolerance is the only way to secure a peaceful co-existence.
"Out of Many, One People"
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