Transgender in Jamaica

BBC Newsbeat follows two transgender men, as they go back to Jamaica to see their family, years after coming to the UK.

Stefan and Remario, both living in Birmingham and formerly female, are partway through their transition into men.

The two friends talk about their life in Jamaica as females, and the discomfort – and even abuse – they suffered from their families.

The documentary also shows which is more important to the families of the two men; family ties or cultural taboos.

Homosexual intercourse is illegal in Jamaica, and there is widespread violence against the LGBT community, mostly against men. Many within the community have been driven to live underground in the sewers or gullies of city streets.

The documentary highlights the danger to this community referring to the brutal killing of a 16-year-old boy in 2013; after attending a party in feminine attire.

In recent years there has been growing exposure of the treatment of the LGBT community leading to criticism from the United Nations.

Some UN member states have criticised Jamaica’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, for not including protection from discrimination for people of all sexual-orientations and gender identities.

TNT Entertainment Tiffany Cook


Photo Credit: BBC Newsbeat YouTube

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