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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Five Countries Where It Sucks to be Gay

posted by on September 16 at 17:40 PM

They’re the five most homophobic places on earth—nations where gays and lesbians are persecuted, prosecuted, even executed. And one of them is a tourist destination popular with Americans. That doesn’t seem right.

Friends don’t let friends vacation in Jamaica.

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Posted by America? | September 16, 2008 6:05 PM

My partner and I are planning a trip to someplace sunny this winter. We'd already ruled out Jamaica for this reason.

Posted by In MN | September 16, 2008 6:18 PM

Oh, I thought it was UAE

Posted by Chris in Tampa | September 16, 2008 6:38 PM

If you elect me and John McCain, when the old man dies in 8 months I will make sure that America is the number one country on that list Dan Sodomite!

Posted by Sarah Palin | September 16, 2008 6:44 PM

I would be surprised if even a small number of those resorts are owned by Jamaicans.

Posted by keshmeshi | September 16, 2008 7:35 PM

Yes @#3, Dubai and the UAE are in this category, and still the corporate world can't plant roots there fast enough. World famous architects have no qualms about taking commissions there. Prominent U.S. elected officials travel there courting investment back home. How long did it take for the South Africa boycotts to work? Me thinks this would take longer.

Posted by nightlifejitters | September 16, 2008 7:37 PM

Jamaica is where older German housewives go to get heterosexually laid.

(Thailand is where their husbands go to fuck children.)

Posted by Amelia | September 16, 2008 9:53 PM

i go to vassar college, a super liberal college in new york state. we had several jamaican reggae artists who wished to perform at our school over the past couple years, but we protested those who had aggressively anti-gay content. unfortunately, a lot of people didn't realize the extent of the anti-gay bias in jamaica, and i'm glad that you guys do. it's super fucked up!

Posted by tobes | September 16, 2008 9:59 PM

10 years hard labor for being gay? so, basically, jamaica has gay slaves.

Posted by jrrrl | September 16, 2008 10:29 PM

I'm heard that Jamaica was really homophobic but I'm surpised it is in the top five. It is hard to believe that it is worse than UAE or all the other countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Posted by Papayas | September 16, 2008 10:32 PM

Yeah but then there are the antidote places and the joy is that I live in one of them.

Come to Sydney and have fun in the sun and enjoy the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (to use its correct title).

Screw it; if Palin becomes President WHEN (not IF) McCain dies you might all be deported anyway. I say jump before you get pushed.

Posted by Malcolm in Sydney | September 16, 2008 11:13 PM

Freedom is so relative. Some times i feel to totally oppressed here, but on the whole we don't have it so bad.

Posted by Freedom | September 16, 2008 11:28 PM

Yes!! @ # 5!! Granted, some lyrics are inflammatory, but the general nature of Jamaican culture and reggae music is not to discriminate. Jamaicans may need more education about sexual orientation, but they are steeped in christianity and have yet to confront the demons of oppression and slavery...sound familiar? Try to remember that you live in one of the most oppressive empires in the history of the world. You are a part of it too.

Posted by rasta007 | September 17, 2008 12:55 AM


oh, wait, that kinda doesn't work in this case.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 17, 2008 5:50 AM

There really isn't much of a welcome for homosexuals in any of the Caribbean nations.
The Bahamas are a little more polite about it but not much.

If you want a great Gay vacation destination
Argentina is wonderful, civil unions are recognized and buenos aires is beautiful. Airfares are horrible this year, but their economy about as bad as ours so the dollar goes very far.

Posted by inkweary | September 17, 2008 10:03 AM

Add Sri Lanka to the list of places where it is tough to be gay. Homosex can earn you 8 years in prison. There is a lively traffic in cute beach boys who entrap the unwary in collusion with the local police. They all make a pretty penny from blackmail.

And anywhere in the old Eastern Bloc is pretty crappy as well for that matter.

Now I'm getting a little angry so I'm going to look at fares to Argentina for this winter.

Posted by inkweary | September 17, 2008 10:09 AM

"Maricon." I have Argentinian family, and I don't think that culture is very gay-friendly. Be careful.

Posted by Amelia | September 17, 2008 10:42 AM

I know I will never spend any of my money in Jamaica. And thanks Dan. Make people aware how they can be most effective by making sure their money doesn't support the persecutions.

Posted by Vince | September 17, 2008 11:00 AM

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