Seven out of every 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jamaican has considered leaving the country. The statistic, taken from the study The Developmental Cost of Homophobia: The Case of Jamaica, is not at all surprising given the challenges many face. Since 2010, I have met countless LGBT Jamaicans - young and old, rich and poor, employed and unemployed, and from country or town whose dream is simply to leave the country to find better and eke out a living and live without the fear of being harassed and harmed physically. I've also met quite a number of LGBT Jamaicans who sought refuge in Canada, The Netherlands, England and the United States. Their disillusionment is most palpable but, sadly, no one seems eager to do anything about it. Like many others, they have grown weary, hopeless and discontented about the lack of opportunities afforded to them to live their fullest potential.
March 4 / The Gleaner