Today Caribbean churches are primarily evangelical Christian, and more fundamental than radical; the influence of religious conservatives is rife, strident and dangerous.
Dwayne Jones, the teenager who was brutally murdered at a party in July 2013.
violence including murders and violent assaults against gay people in the Organisation of American States (OAS). Through its ‘Registry of Violence,’ IACHR found that at least 594 LGBTI persons were murdered and 176 were victims of serious injury in the 25 OAS member states during a fifteen month period from January 2013 to March 2014.
Jamaica's toll included Dwayne Jones, the teenager stabbed to death at a party near Montego Bay in July 2013. According to Maurice Tomlinson's 76crimes blog: “Dwayne Jones was killed for being different. Dwayne was biologically male but identified as female. Dwayne [was] lying in her casket wearing a masculine suit because that is how society would like to remember her in death. But, her last words were ‘I am a girl!'”
After a female member of Dwayne's church pointed out her biological gender at a street-dance, a bloodthirsty mob set upon Dwayne, beat her, shot and stabbed her to death, then ran her body over with a car.
“When the savages completed their at a town hall meeting in Kingston. She was robbed and sexually assaulted in 2009 with a lesbian friend, but when she reported it to the police, Jackson was told to “leave this lifestyle and go back to the church.” Instead she became a gay rights advocate.
Instances of police abuse across the region are common, including torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, and verbal and physical attacks, although often they remain unreported. In Jamaica a lesbian was shot in the vagina—“to fix her.” In Guyana, another was attacked with acid to her face, neck and legs. LGBTI persons are often targeted by law enforcement officers who tend to act on prejudice and assume they are criminals. Lesbians are at particular risk because of