Jamaican Guilty in Gay Murder;
Grim Pics of Tranny Attacked by Mob
This story from the CaribWorldNews site has fallen through the cracks. To correct that problem, I'm posting the story here:
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tues. Mar. 17, 2009: A 25-year-old man was yesterday found guilty of manslaughter in the murder of former Jamaica trade ambassador, Peter King.
Sheldon Pusey was found guilty by a 12-member jury who arrived at a manslaughter verdict. Pusey, of St. Mary, was charged in 2007 with the March 20, 2006 murder of King.
King was found with 32 stab wounds at his home in Waterloo, St. Andrew. During the trial, the court heard tapes of alleged homosexual acts at the victim's home and testimony as to the slain ambassador's sexual lifestyle.
Pusey is set to be sentenced on April 1. He admitted to stabbing King because the former ambassador, he said, tried to drug him and then have sex with him.
This conviction is unusual because many murders and gay people in Jamaica go unsolved and not prosecuted, or, the sentences are light. In this case, there had been speculation the jury would return a murder conviction, but that was not the judicial outcome.
I'll find small solace knowing at least for the murder of the former ambassador, whose social status must have been a contributing factor toward pushing the police to investigate, find and prosecute the culprit, and bring some justice for Peter King.
Let's move on now to the grim photos I discovered recently of a transgender person being assaulted, and surviving, a mob attack. Here's fair warning: The pics are graphic and upsetting.
Back in 2007, Cheril N. Clark over at SavvyPlanners.com, a gay wedding service agency with a political bent, wrote about a brutal attack on the trangender person that took place in April, and also shared these photos from the well-documented attack.
I'm quite surprised that he was even brave enough to walk the streets there, but disgusted over the situation. It's not a surprise. It's not a surprise at all, but it doesn't mean I'll ever get used to the thought that people think it's perfectly okay to STONE someone else. Is this 2007 or 2000 years ago? There are several other pictures of this person, but I don't have them anymore. Some of you may have seen how battered he was after the beating. I have to make some time to write something in depth on this and pass it on...more people need to know of Just How Bad it is there for LGBT people. I would not spend one dime in that country---will miss my own family reunion because I refuse to step foot or give even a penny to a country who allows this type of behavior to go unchecked.
The following is a statement by the site's owner, in response to Clark's post and the pictures:
I pledge that SavvyPlanners.com will no longer book nor recommend any holidays, honeymoons or villa rentals in or to Jamaica for our clients from henceforth, effective immediately. Nor will we endorse any commercial support of any other kind until GLBTI people in that country are treated with dignity, tolerance and simple human respect.
Thank you for highlighting this horrible incident and for the great translation. The world is watching.
MW Savant, CEO
Sure sounds to me like these folks are already boycotting Jamaican over it's anti-gay abuses, which can only help the launch of a more formal boycott from San Francisco on March 28.
Two days before our transgender brother was attacked in 2007, in another part of the country, according to the Jamaican Star, it was freaking "Gay Eradication Day" and our brothers and sisters were publicly and in no-uncertain terms, threatened, without the damn paper reporting on the police response to such a scheme:
Today has been proclaimed 'Gay Eradication Day' by residents of the McGregor Gully community in East Kingston. Residents say that they will be taking action as a two-week notice given to all gays and lesbians to flee the community has now expired.
THE STAR learnt that about two weeks ago angry residents who declared that they were fed up with seeing the activities of several gay persons in their community, ordered that they leave by today or suffer the consequences.
Some residents who admitted to THE STAR that they are a part of the "gay clearing out" scheme said that it is being done to protect their families and the community on a whole. ...
What.The.Eff? Where was it proposed the cleared out gays should go? Into the ocean?
Here's more info from a news account of the attack in the pictures below:
A cross-dreser [sic] was set upon and severely beaten by a mob in Falmouth's Water Square yesterday morning.
Police who were called to the scene had to fire warning shots to disperse the stone-throwing, stick-wielding mob, which succeeded in tearing off the man's black-and-white form-fitting blouse and jet black wig. ...
The news of the man's presence in the community spread rapidly and in a matter of minutes scores of angry residents converged on the scene and began to rain blows all over the cross-dresser's body with sticks, stones and whatever weapon they could find.
"Where is the police station at?" the frightened man screamed. ...
I fully believe the mere existence not to mention tolerance of "Gay Eradication Day" and the sickening photos are more fodder for why gay Americans must finally organize a proper boycott of Jamaican products and cruises to the the island. Will you endorse and participate in the boycott?
Enough digressing. Here are the photos:
(I find this photo begs the question of the apparent attacker under the sign: Would Jesus Christ chase after this person?)
Thanks for posting this. I will support a Jamaican Boycott. Red Stripe Beer should be the first target.
First of all, i believe that if you want to change the way Jamaicans are towards gays, you (Americans) must first face the fact that alot of gays and transgendered are still being brutally attacked and murdered in America today....so being judgemental towards Jamaicans makes you hypocrites because the same thing is happening in your back yard....it is not right on any grounds to attack a person because of what they choose to do behind closed doors, and you must also face the truth that alot of americans are homophobic and just like racism they dont show it because of the fear of being prosecuted....in addition, you cannot change a countries values and Jamaica just like many African nations will never change to please anyone...what i think should be done...is for everyone to agree to disagree and come to a compromise, thats the only thing that will work...and it pains me that you people find it so easy to judge us Jamaicans when you have so many of the same issues in your country, as a matter of fact, that alone defines hypocracy...
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