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A homeless youth from the LGBT community sits in the sewer where he lives in Kingston, Jamaica.
A transgender person usually adopts or would prefer to adopt a gender expression in consonance with their preferred gender, but may or may not desire to permanently alter their bodily characteristics to conform to their preferred gender.Transphobia: Fear and contempt of transgender people, usually based on negative stereotypes about transgender people.Women Who Have Sex with Women (WSW): Women who engage in sexual behavior with other women, but do not necessarily identify as “gay,” “homosexual,” “lesbian,” or “bisexual.” Many Jamaicans speak “patois” or Jamaican Creole in addition to Caribbean Standard English.Lesbian: Sexual orientation of a woman whose primary sexual and romantic attraction is toward other women.LGBT: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; an inclusive term for groups and identities sometimes also associated together as "sexual and gender minorities." Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): Men who engage in sexual behavior with other men, but do not necessarily identify as "gay," “homosexual,” or "bisexual." Out/To be Outed: To be in a position where one’s sexual orientation is openly known and acknowledged, to have one’s sexual orientation revealed (perhaps inadvertently) through words or actions, or to be exposed as homosexual or bisexual by another person without one’s consent.Her family initially refused to claim her corpse from the morgue.
Dwayne’s murder received national, regional, and international media attention, and served as a catalyst for public debate.
At time of writing, however, no one had been arrested or charged.
*** The story of Dwayne Jones lies at one extreme end of a continuum of violence experienced by Jamaicans who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, or bisexual.
On July 21, 2013, 16-year-old Dwayne Jones attended a dance party in Montego Bay, Jamaica, dressed in women’s clothing. James, realized she was biologically male, they subjected her to almost every form of physical violence imaginable—beating, stabbing, and shooting her before running her over with a car. When police arrived, they found her body dumped in bushes along the main road.
Dwayne had been homeless since age 12, rejected by her family because of her gender identity.
Homosexual: Sexual orientation of a person whose primary sexual and romantic attractions are toward people of the same sex.