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Cross-dressing gay teen hacked, stabbed to death by Jamaican mob

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

ST. JAMES, Jamaica — A 17-year-old gay teen was hacked and stabbed to death by a mob in Jamaica on Monday night.

Dwayne Jones of Paradise Rowe was dressed in female attire while dancing with another man in “Henessey Sundays,” a straight street party held at Irwin, St. James, when an unidentified woman recognized him and alerted other party goers who then “held onto the teen, searched him and discovered that he was in fact male,” reported Irie FM.

Photo courtesy Maurice Tomlinson
Dwayne Jones

The crowd then set about stabbing and hacking Jones, whose body was dumped in bushes along a road.

According to reports obtained by Jamaican LGBT rights advocate, Maurice Tomlinson, no one tried to intervene and defend the teen, who occasionally dressed in drag, calling himself “Gully Queen.”

Police discovered Jones’s body around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) said they have documented nine cases of killing of LGBT people in Jamaica this year.

The group also reported a 400% rise in homophobic attacks since 2009.

Churches in Jamaica have also increased their anti-gay rhetoric, holding an anti-gay rally in St. James on June 23, 2013, led by Montego Bay Pastor Glendon Powell, a member of the Open Bible Standard Church based in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Despite this on-going slaughter of innocents, many Jamaicans, including attorney-at-law and senior member of the opposition political party, Ernest Smith, categorically deny that gay Jamaicans are under attack,” Tomlinson told LGBTQ Nation on Tuesday.

Tomlinson said that Jamaican officials refused to deal with the homophobic hate attacks, and instead claims that gays are “bringing it onto themselves.”

“This level of self-deception borders on the criminal,” he said.

Same-sex acts between two men is punishable in Jamaica with up to 10 years imprisonment and hard labor.

In 2012, Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller promised to repeal the British colonial anti-gay law, but back down after intense lobbying from religious groups.

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  1. This crap needs to stop

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:51am
  2. Disgusting that this happens so regularly…

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:51am
  3. Sad!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:52am
  4. I hate hearing tragedies like this.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:52am
  5. im beginning to become an atheist

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:54am
  6. Jamaica is a country that every Gay persons knows they will kill you if your out!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:54am
  7. The Churches hate mongering is directly responsible for this young person´s death.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:57am
  8. So sad!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:57am
  9. Jamaica is the most dangerous place on earth for L.G.B.T people. People will run you out of your house, so your forced to live on the streets, and then you are subject to crimes like this. I encourage anyone who believes in their hearts that no one deserves treatment like this to boycott Jamaica. This is disgusting and horrifying!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:58am
  10. Horrifying.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:00am
  11. :´(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:01am
  12. So basically never ever visit Jamaica or Russia until they get their crap together and act like civilized people and not savages. Got it.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:02am
  13. This is the country that has a genre of music that is specifically about committing violence against LGBT people and this is the result. Pitiful!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:09am
  14. I think all lgbt need to start carrying some kind of protection against these assholes who feel the need to harm innocents over something that doesnt even concern/involve them in the slightest. Poor kid :(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:09am
  15. So sad… So really sad :-(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:10am
  16. All this hate stems from two sources ….Ignorance and Religion .

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:14am
  17. So when do we start holding these churches responsible for the hate they spew?

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:14am
  18. :n(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:16am
  19. good point and question..Brian

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:17am
  20. This is terrible.
    I hope their government does something to criminalize these terrible mobs who do this.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:20am
  21. Savages

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:23am
  22. People sometimes wonder why I’m a non-believer. The main reason comes down to the non-persuasiveness of the case for theism. The philosophical arguments are devoid of any real substance and the evidence just does not pan out.

    Now, there are also the actual, on-the-ground events that cause me to have contempt and disgust for theism. Recent events in Haiti, Jamaica, Russia, and other parts of the world just make it clear just how divisive and heinous organized religion is. Time and again I read stories about LGBT peoples, especially LGBT youth, disparaged, verbally and physically attacked, and outright cast out from society.

    I’m sick of it. The fear-mongering and hate speech coming from the religious in the name of God is absolutely disgusting, gut-wrenching almost. Am I indicting all theists? No. Most of the people in my life are believers, one way or another. But by sitting idly by and not seeing the amount of troubling and utter atrocious acts done in the name of God should trouble all everyone, theist and atheist alike. Maybe this is willful ignorance; maybe it’s not willing to accept the fear and hate done in the name of God; maybe they just don’t care.

    Most of the hate seen abroad is brought my American evangelists. People and churches must be held accountable. Hiding under the veil of religious freedom only gets you so far. By rallying against homosexuality, you are thereby creating a hostile environment for all people, especially those you’ve never met and have nothing by animosity toward, for nothing but the love they feel. It’s repulsive.

    This is why organized religion is harmful. It gives you the idea that God is on your side and you’re doing his will. You have given yourself, without justification, infallible backing for your all-too-fallible (and mistaken) beliefs. What’s stopping you from harming someone if you know God is on your side? Nothing. With God, anything is possible; with God, anything is justified. With faith, true atrocities seem like everyday affairs.

    People are dying because of who they love. Nothing more, nothing less. I hear that the Christian God is one of love, and Jesus was sent to Earth to spread love. Where is this love? I don’t see it. Yes, for the in-group, the ones in the know, there is nothing but love. By creating boogeymen and the “other,” you know, the ones in cahoots with Satan and tearing the fabric of society apart, you are giving credence and support for those doing “God’s will.” Why not free these sinners from their sinful ways and let God sort it out? Doesn´t that sound compassionate?

    Blood is indeed on your hands.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:35am
  23. Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:46am
  24. >:O

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:46am
  25. Mother Earth Sheds Tears

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:52am
  26. goes to show that stupid and hateful people are all around the world and GOD will take care of them soon ,,, why can´t people leave other´s ALONE ,,, but I´m sure someone hates the haters always ,, may God be with his family

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:00am
  27. this is horribly painful to hear and see.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:06am
  28. So sad

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:09am
  29. This sounds of LYNCHING ….WOW…SO SAD !!! I´ve heard Jamaica is NOT GAY FRIENDLY !!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:12am
  30. No. No no no.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:15am
  31. R.I.P

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:18am
  32. Poor thing. What a terrible way to die.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:22am
  33. jesus wtf world

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:28am
  34. So it´s about time fb had a dislike button. This is disgusting. Don´t they know that murder is far worse than anything else and they are now hypocrites. I hope in jail they suffer greatly.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:36am
  35. ….=/ that´s so sad.. those criminals don´t deserve to live another breath

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:40am
  36. Religion sucks… >.>

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:41am
  37. WHAT THE FUCK AND THIS IS THE RASTAFARIAN CAPITOL OF THE WORLD AND THIS IS THE SHIT THEY DO? YA WAYS SINGING ABOUT BEING FREE FUCK YOU JAMAICA!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:55am
  38. Oh my…….!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:03am
  39. This is a ver sad sad story…..and whats most heart breaking is that no one even cared to help.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:09am
  40. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:19am
  41. How awful. Hate wins again!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:45am
  42. I have heard several horror stories from people who came from Jamaica…They can play those commercials all they want..it is one of the most dangerous places in the world for LGBT!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:46am
  43. So sad for sure Where was the help needed..

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:48am
  44. … Boycott them-&-Russia!!! No U.S. Foreign Aid $$$-to-EITHER!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:59am
  45. Just disgusting! I would never travel to Jamaica!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:28am
  46. The Virgin Islands is very dangerous for LGBTQ . Stay way!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:35am
  47. Away

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:36am
  48. Why the hell did 44 people like this link???? This is horrible tragedy people, don´t like it!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:19am
  49. typical of this place

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 7:42am
  50. i think people click like in support of the opinion being held by the poster, not the subject of the post.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:21am
  51. This is the mentality.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:37am
  52. so so sad. this country is still in the dark ages.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:37pm
  53. that´s horrid

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:43pm
  54. Another normal day in Jamaica!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:53pm
  55. so disturbing

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:57pm
  56. Jamaica is dangerous in general, if you vacation there do NOT leave the resort areas.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:00pm
  57. The only Jamaica I will visit is in NYC.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:45pm
  58. very sad. It seems that we take two steps forward and a thousand back!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:03pm
  59. :( I hate the world we live in

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:09pm
  60. And why Jamaica is not a good place to vacation. Not cool.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:24pm
  61. Now will boycott Jamaica
    Been there twice on cruise. Next if ever will stay on the ship. Horrible that humans would do this to another human being. Sad part of our lives that people can´t just be nice to someone different than themselves! :-(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:50pm
  62. Man that is unbelievable

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 3:50pm
  63. O.o

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:57pm
  64. Culturally and stereotypically speaking… Jamaicans are very against homosexuality… very sad but not surprising

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:51pm
  65. this is so sad I pray for their family!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 7:32pm
  66. So sorry for this kid. I worry for his friends.

    Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:01pm