Taboo Yardies

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Published on 19th January 2018 by

Taboo Yardies is an independent 73 minute long 2011 documentary film directed by Selena Blake which captures the extreme discrimination and violence used against LGBT people in Jamaica, a country which has problems with homophobia that have become well known worldwide. Time Magazine has previously referred to Jamaica as “the most homophobic place on earth”.

The grave situation facing gay, lesbian, and transsexual individuals in Jamaica has become a human rights issue with many people having been attacked by vigilante mobs and shunned by their families and communities for their sexuality. Some homosexual and transgender Jamaicans have taken to living under bridges and in the sewer network for their personal safety, a subject covered by Vice in the 2014 documentary Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens.

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