Sexual Orientation: The way a person’s sexual and romantic desires are directed.The term describes whether a person is attracted primarily to people of the same or opposite sex, or to both.Lesbian: Sexual orientation of a woman whose primary sexual and romantic attraction is toward other women.
On July 21, 2013, 16-year-old Dwayne Jones attended a dance party in Montego Bay, Jamaica, dressed in women’s clothing. James, realized she was biologically male, they subjected her to almost every form of physical violence imaginable—beating, stabbing, and shooting her before running her over with a car. When police arrived, they found her body dumped in bushes along the main road.
Dwayne had been homeless since age 12, rejected by her family because of her gender identity.
Gender Identity: Person’s internal, deeply felt sense of being male, female, both, or something other than male or female.
Heterosexual: Sexual orientation of a person whose primary sexual and romantic attraction is toward people of the other sex.
However, LGBT Jamaicans—especially those who are poor and unable to live in safer, more affluent areas—are particularly vulnerable to violence. They are taunted; threatened; fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes; beaten, stoned, raped, and even killed.
Between 20, J-FLAG, a Jamaican LGBT rights organization, recorded 231 incidents of attacks against LGBT people, including home invasions, physical assaults, and mob attacks.A homeless youth from the LGBT community sits in the sewer where he lives in Kingston, Jamaica.Rejected by their families and communities, many LGBT Jamaicans live on the streets, where they face violence and harassment.Her family initially refused to claim her corpse from the morgue.Dwayne’s murder received national, regional, and international media attention, and served as a catalyst for public debate.The policy establishes a mechanism to monitor police non-compliance, although Human Rights Watch has not been able to ascertain whether any police have been held accountable for non-compliance, despite a formal request for this information (see Annex I).