Thursday, April 2, 2009

Boycott Jamaica!

This week, columnist Wayne Besen, San Francisco organizer Michael Petrelis, and Box Turtle Bulletin editor Jim Burroway launched an international boycott against Jamaica.

"Forget business as usual. Instead, we should stop doing business with a country that is proud of its persecution against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people." Besen said in his article posted Wednesday, April 3, 2009.

The goal is to stop supporting the country in all aspects including travel, products outsourced, etc...
Why boycott? Because Jamaica is on a downward spiral and suffers from collective cultural dementia on this issue. There is clearly a pathological panic and homo-hysteria that has infected this nation at its core. The second reason to boycott is because traditional activism has failed.

A State Department report on Jamaica’s treatment of homosexuals reads:

“The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG) continued to report human rights abuses, including arbitrary detention, mob attacks, stabbings, harassment of homosexual patients by hospital and prison staff, and targeted shootings of homosexuals.”

Questioned by the BBC, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding said that he would not allow gay people to serve in his Cabinet. In March 2009 he added, “We are not going to yield to the pressure, whether that pressure comes from individual organizations, individuals, whether that pressure comes from foreign governments or groups of countries, to liberalize the laws as it relates to buggery.”

If you are a bar owner, please take Jamaican products out of your establishment. If you care about gay people, tell everyone you know about the dismal human rights record of Jamaica. And, if a friend has booked a trip — express your disapproval and send him or her accurate information. strongly suggests travelers to avoid travel to Jamaica if an effort to help support gay rights worldwide.

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