What with Buju Banton on a US tour singing about killing gays, it seems those at home in Jamaica decided they needed to do more to damage the country's image as a haven for homophobia and hatred. I have been to the Half Moon Hotel referenced in the article below, which is indeed beautiful, but as I have said before that I support an anti-Jamaica boycott and hope more and more straights will likewise avoid the island entirely until such time as the rampant, government tolerated homophobia is ended. Now a British consul has been murdered in an apparent anti-gay hate crime. Timesonline has some of the details:
The honorary consul to the British High Commission in Jamaica has been found murdered at his home in Montego Bay.*
[I]t is believed that the killer stole his wallet and mobile telephone in an attempt to make it appear as though a robbery had gone wrong. Police would not say whether Mr Terry’s murder was thought to be linked to his work as a Justice of the Peace but they were investigating the possibility that the attack might have been homophobic after a handwritten note on his body described him as a “batty man”, local slang for a homosexual. The note also said: “This is what will happen to ALL gays.” It was signed: “Gay-Man”.
The former hotel manager had worked in the island’s tourism trade for more than 30 years. At the time of his death he was working at the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay, a resort popular with British and American tourists.
His murder has shocked diplomats, the business community and the tourism industry on the island. According to sources there, Mr Terry was well known for being highly effective and considerate when dealing with British nationals requiring consular assistance. Mr Terry, a native of New Zealand, was appointed a Member of the British Empire by the Queen in 1993.