To­day Caribbean churches are pri­mar­ily evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian, and more fun­da­men­tal than rad­i­cal; the in­flu­ence of reli­gious con­ser­va­tives is rife, stri­dent and dan­ger­ous.

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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

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