Injecting religious rhetoric into a culture steeped in unbridled machismo is tantamount to adding fuel to an already waging fire. In sociological terms, a poisonous and intolerant scenario has bedeviled the gay and lesbian community in the Caribbean.
That some island turfs are notorious for gay bashing, verbally and physically, is no secret. The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association has sharply criticized policies and attitudes in the Cayman Islands and Jamaica, in particular. Our Caribbean: A gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles addresses this human rights issue with clarity and salience. It is an unapologetic study of a contentious social problem through the prism of some of the region’s finest thinkers.
Overwhelmingly academic and annotated, it examines the social forces that have contributed to the virulent attitude toward selected individuals, so marked because of their sexuality. Old customs die hard, and social spasm will increase as the “gay question” moves to the front burner, if ever.
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