Evicted gay youths under attack (again) in Jamaica

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Entrance to Clocktower Plaza, where homeless LGBT youths have been congregating after their eviction from their gully home. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson) Entrance to Clocktower Plaza, where homeless LGBT youths have been congregating after they were evicted from their gully home. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson)

On Wednesday, April 15 at about 1 p.m., some patrons of the Clocktower Plaza in Kingston decided to “cleanse” the premises of gays. This shopping venue was one of the few spaces in the capital that gays could hang out in relative peace, although they had to travel in groups. On this occasion, their congregation worked against them and made it easier for the mob to identify and attack them.

The number of gay and trans* persons in the plaza had recently increased as the gully that some homeless LGBTI youth had been forced to live in was raided by police earlier this year. The youngsters were forcibly ejected and the gully was closed off. With nowhere else to go, they resorted to seeking shelter in…

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