I was born in Kingston, Jamaica. I’ve spend time all over the gorgeous island and can attest to her breathtaking beauty. For all her beauty, Jamaica remains to be an unsafe place for LGBT citizens. As a queer Jamaican woman of color I grapple with going back and spending my money there, although boycotting the country isn’t quite the answer. It’s been fourteen long months since I’ve been back home and there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish to visit. Activists the likes of Maurice Tomlinson, Javed Jaghai and Staceyann Chin are making considerable efforts to eradicate homophobia by challenging the archaic anti-sodomy laws there. Suitcase Mag’s latest of Jamaica reminded me of why I’m so in love with my country of birth.
Photos taken by Emily Ames and Savannah Baker.
A few pics from my trips back home. Both photos taken from “Top Road” in Montego Bay, Jamaica.