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Homosexual acts are illegal in Jamaica, levying sentences of up to 10 years of imprisonment with hard labor for those convicted under Article 76 of the Offences Against the Person Act, also known as the “buggery” statute. The law is predominantly enforced against homosexual men. Article 76 is only one of a number of articles that codify homophobia into law. While arrest under these laws is not the primary concern, they are used to justify other rights violations, legitimizing discrimination and violence toward LGBT people based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

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In 2011, Jamaica’s Parliament approved the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms. While the charter outlines protections from discrimination, sexual orientation and gender identity are not included in the list of protected classes. Activists in Jamaica urged parliament to include

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“I’ve had people come up to me in predominantly white gay bars and say, “Shouldn’t you be at the black bars?” I constantly overhear gay men say, “Eeew, I’d never date a black guy.” Of course, there are certain beliefs white men have about African-Americans that Colby doesn’t mind—like the stereotype that they have bigger equipment.

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[extra_large_title title=”Chad Young”]

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From: Brooklyn, NY & Phoenix, AZ

Years in NYC: 4

Profession: Marketing

Background: Jamaican/Chinese/American

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