A group of men allegedly threw stones at a gay man and targeted him with homophobic slurs as he was walking home Sept 21 after visiting a friend in St Catherine, located in southeast Jamaica, Gay Star News (GSN) reports.
Gay rights activist Maurice Tomlinson told GSN that the man, who preferred to remain anonymous, was hit in the back with three stones, but his athleticism helped him escape the scene.
Tomlinson alleges that the group of men shouted, "Ketch di battyboy" and tried to prevent him from getting away.
GSN also quotes Tomlinson as saying that the man is fearful of reporting the attack to police because he feels he will be "ridiculed and further victimized."
In an interview with Xtra last March, Tomlinson, a lawyer, said he'd go to the police on behalf of LGBT Jamaicans who've been "abused and seeking to make reports," noting that the recording officers "treat them with such contempt." He referred to another incident where a young man who was also stoned and called a faggot tried to file a report with police who refused to take it.
In September, police escorted five men out of a Manchester town after angry community residents barricaded them and their car. According to a CVM TV report, which referred to the men as “alleged homosexuals,” residents had been “tolerant with the practices of the men but were not in agreement with recent utterances and behaviour.”