Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Gully Queens Seek Funds To Assist Homosexuals In Jamaica


A GoFundMe account was created to assist with finding a permanent home for a group of gay Jamaican men who live in the Shoemaker Gully in New Kingston.
"These are beautiful people - the bravest in fact. To live in a country which is against them, where every day they face death, and yet they refuse to be silenced. Join us in our stand with them, and help them change their fate," the plead for cash said.
The men are referred to as 'gully queens', and according to Savannah Baker, who established the account on October 31, they are beaten and raped on a regular basis.
Mindy 23, one go the Gully Queens has been on the streets since she was 16, “Last week she was attacked by a passerby in a car who threw a bottle of acid in her face.
She will most likely be blind. She was shot the same day but only mentioned this later. Shadiamond is 21 and has already been shot 8 times and has a scar down the left side of her face, as shown in the display picture
 Approximately  US$7,762 (J$1 million) of a targeted US$100,000 (J$12.9 million) has so far been raised.
The money will go towards leasing a property to accommodate the men, provide psychological support and assist with their medical expenses and welfare.The money will also be used to provide a stable income for the transgender youth by creating the Queen's fashion brand, from which they will receive 100 percent of the earnings.
Dane Lewis, executive director for The Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) said the entity supports the initiative.
Lewis said that a number of the young gay and transsexual youth who reside in the gully are legitimately homeless and estimates a minimum of 20 are there at any given time.
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