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Gay Guide Caribbean - Jamaica
The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) has been campaigning since 1998 to overturn Jamaica's harsh sodomy laws, which outlaw homosexuality, which is punishable with up to 10 years hard labour. According to paragraphs 76-79 of the Jamaican penal code homosexuality is prohibited. Violence against lesbians and gays is commonplace and is given free reign by the government's refusal to tackle this situation. There is currently a Supreme Court legal process, to decide on the constitutionality of sodomy laws in question. The political parties as well as many Church representatives will be consulted in 2017 at the earliest. Queer-bashing is also fuelled by Jamaican popular music which glorifies the murder of gays. In September 2009 the British Honorary Consul, John Terry was murdered. A homophobic motive for this murder has been denied by the local police officials. In August 2015 the first Pride Week took place in Jamaica. It was a success that this Pride Week could even take place without violence. Very hesitantly there seems to be a development to a less negative attitude toward homosexuals even in this very homophobic country.
Cities in Caribbean - Jamaica
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Name: Jamaika · Jamaique · Giamaica
International country code: 1 876
International access code: 011
Area: 10,991 km˛ / 4,243 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Jamaican Dollar (J$) = 100 Cents
Religions: 56% Protestant, 2% Catholic
Climate: Tropical climate, hot and humid. The interior is more moderate. Peak tourist season is from Dec-Apr.