I think he does protest too much!
Now lets think about it:
Jamaica can’t be a country that is intolerant of gay people.
I mean the only negative aspects of its attitude to LGBT people are:
* Homosexual activity is a criminal act which carries a sentence of 10 years hard labour
* Human Rights Watch state verbal and physical violence against homosexuals in Jamaica, ranging from beatings to murder, are widespread
* According to Amnesty gay men and lesbian women in Jamaica have been beaten, cut, burned, raped and shot on account of their sexuality
* Hundreds of Jamaican LGBT people have sought asylum in the UK, US, Canada and elsewhere due to treatment they have received concerning their orientation
* Jamaica has been censured by the EU, Amnesty, HRW, WHO, UK and others for the violent homophobia in the nation
* Many Jamaican chart music has including lyrics seeking the murder of LGBT people
* Gay people are banned from serving in the military
* No recognition exists for gay relationships
* Gay people cant adopt
* There are no anti discrimination laws re LGBT people
So, of course, Jamaica is not intolerant of gays – who could ever suggest such a thing … . sheesh!
Not to mention the many music artists who write homophobic lyrics then travel to Europe and are subsequently barred from performing.
In 2009, John Terry, a British honorary consul, was found dead in at his home with a note saying: “This is what will happen to ALL gays”. At the time, Assistant Commissioner Green said: “I don’t think it is a homophobic attack!
Modelling his career and detective style on Inspector Clouseau, are we Mr Green?
Les Green is a bare-faced liar.
Wow, and here’s me thinking……
This is news??
It is no surprise that LGBT campaigners in the country have condemned his comments, for they not only are unfounded but themselves homophobic and offensive.
It is unjustifiable to make victims responsible as he has done via his statements of that the LGBT “community were too flamboyant and public about their sexuality”.
Jamaica has always been one of the most homophobic countries and he is burying not only his head in the sand by denying the existence of widespread homophobia in the country but also condoning the actions of the perpetrators by blaming the gay community for the violence it faces.
Same-sex relationships are criminalized, as they are in almost all English-speaking Caribbean countries. Local organizations continue to document threats, violence, torture, arbitrary arrests and murder of gay men and lesbians and the reason why the recent highlighting of the problem by Amnesty International and Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.
”…not as anti-gay… despite laws criminalising homosexuality”
SO everyone in the world has to figth against racism but Jamacians are not obliged to show us the same consideration – Well F’*k them and their bigoted attitudes -
Makes one wonder if Jamaica is gay friendly in the view of Les Green – how would he define homophobic?
In other reports on this, the homophobia and bigotry of Mr Green himself becomes much clearer:
“Les Green brushed back reports of widespread homophobic violence in the country and said that gay people for the most part murdered each other”
“Green suggested that gay people could curb the violence if they toned down their self-expression”
““I am not into gay-bashing, but the problem is cross-dressing and going downtown. Do they do that to create a media blitz? That just seems too contrived,” he said.”
What next??? Mugabe chairing the United Commission on Human rights??
Jamaica should be boycotted altogether until they apologise to us and clean up their act.
“….[Les Green] did not see widespread homophobia or anti-gay violence.”
That’s the problem.
Yea your country is totally for gays! I mean besides homosexuality being ILLEGAL what other harm is there to be openly gay? LOL
Jamaica is so f:ed up!
So when a gay tour boat comes through and they unfurl this banner:
It’s all hangin’ loose Jamaica style?
Terrifying place. What a sh!thole.
Jamaica, show that you are not intolerant of gay people and scrap your discriminatory laws!
Wow, the voice of Un-reason!!
Think I’ll continue to avoid at all costs. The man’s a liability and I worry for anyone that needed this misguided people to investigate anything.
Shockingly irresponsible and shows nothing but contempt for our community by using such misinformation.
Shameful man…. another one!
More fool any gay people who go to that country on holiday, and they do, plenty of them!
Pink News left out a HUGE piece to this story. It’s being reported on American blogs, and other English blogs, that he said that gays bring violence upon themselves because they sashay in public dressed in drag, flaunting their sexuality and stirring up trouble. He said that gays who are assaulted and murdered by straight people bring it upon themselves by being so open about their sexuality.
How is it possible that Pink News didn’t report this?
Les Green is in the same category as those that deny the Holocaust. Remember that name: LES GREEN – a homophobic apologist for Jamaican violence and discrimination against LGBT people.
“…the country is not as anti-gay as “public hype” suggests”
Of course not… and the same is true for places like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Uganda, it’s a matter of public hype really, you see…
As reported in the Florida Press (it appears Green himself is strikingly homophobic, no wonder he denies Jamaica is homophobic):
“Jamaica’s out-going assistant police commissioner Les Green, formerly of London’s Scotland Yard, has denied the existence of widespread homophobia in Jamaica and blamed the gay community for the violence it faces. He told the Jamaica Observer the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community were too flamboyant and public about their sexuality. Green said his investigations have unearthed evidence that most of the killings he investigated were committed by other gay persons.
Green, who has just left the island after eight years as second in command in Jamaica’s police force, said: ‘I am not into gay-bashing, but the problem is cross-dressing and going downtown. Do they do that to create a media blitz? That just seems too contrived. It’s just the hype from some who claim Jamaica is very anti-homosexual, but the reality is far from that. There are many
homosexuals who live and work freely in Jamaica.’
Gays in Jamaica also have to contend with the comments of journalist and anti-gay campaigner Betty Ann Blaine, who also continues to peddle blatant lies about the gay community and gay lifestyle. In particular, she is fond of the outright lie that all gays are child molesting monsters.
Jamaican gay group JFLAG is campaigning for a repeal of the buggery law which outlaws anal sex. Offenders face a maximum sentence of 10 years. Blaine thinks the law should remain in place until deviant sexual behaviour by adults toward minors is eliminated.
“We are not changing the buggery law. The number of children who are being buggered in Jamaica means we can’t change the law until we can be assured that our children will be protected from sexual predators. This is the time to strengthen laws that refer to sexual behaviour because we know that children are being buggered in Jamaica and it is happening behind closed doors and in secret places. We
cannot change the buggery law until we fix poverty. It is because a lot of children are so poor why they face sexual abuse, whether it is homosexual or heterosexual.””
Green is a total hypocrite, stating he is not into gay-bashing and then commiting verbal gay bashing himself in the very same sentence, stating that Jamaica is not homophobic – when it is clear to independent and respected international observers that homophobia is dangerously rife and ingrained in the nation, and having the sheer audacity to claim gay people are responsible for homophobia.
Greens snide comments do him, Jamaica and LGBT people no favours.
I think we should boycott all countries which criminalise gay/lesbian sex.
Dear Mr Green,
“They” are more flamboyant in the way they dress and behave…
Says it all.