Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens

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Published on 20th January 2018 by

In 2006 Time Magazine called Jamaica the most homophobic country in the world, and the countries attitude to gays has been well publicised in the international press in recent years – although if you watch the 2011 documentary The World’s Worst Place To Be Gay then you’ll probably conclude that this title actually belongs to Uganda.

Many gays and transgender individuals in Jamaica have been beaten or raped by baying mobs, some of them even killed, and aggression from their local communities and even their own families has forced many members of the LGBT community to go underground. Perpetrators of these violent crimes often escape any retribution or justice.

Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens is a 2014 Vice documentary about groups of homosexual and transgender people in the country who flee their communities to live in ‘the gully’, in New Kingston, which is basically a huge storm drain. It isn’t the first documentary to be made about this group, if you want to learn more than consider also watching the independent 2011 documentary Taboo Yardies.

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