This community lacks the necessary rights any other community should have. For instance, one of my uncles wanted to get married to another male, but he was not allowed to do so. Same-sex marriage is not a legally recognized union in Jamaica. Further, sexual acts between two males are acts punishable by up to ten years in prison; this is known as the Buggery Law which is outlined in the Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA). The above made me reflect on the day I read the article about Dwayne; Dwayne too, lacked rights. Had I not read that article, I doubt that I would have...
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... Additionally, I might not have even become an avid supporter for encouraging acceptance of the LGBT community in Jamaica.
Reading the newspaper article about Dwayne’s undeserved death has made me change for the better. As a result, I also realized all the injustices that the LGBT community faces. Jamaica remains extremely homophobic, so some sort of change must be made. As such, I aspire to be one such person who assists in the repealing of unfair laws and the implementing of new impartial laws. I also promote the change in Jamaican society, so that all citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation, are treated fairly. I truly aim to live in a society where not conforming to society’s accepted sexual lifestyles and preferences is deemed acceptable, as well. How can Jamaica have the motto, “Out of Many One People”, and not have complete unity amongst its citizens?
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