Thomas Glave—Jamaican author and one of the founders of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays—takes a different approach to his Oslo Freedom Forum address. He discloses that he views himself primarily as a writer, not an activist, so he chooses to share a story that conveys all the antagonism and violence gays in his country face. His words describe horrors ranging from machete attacks to throwing acid on individuals. Of course, such behavior does not line up with the Jamaican slogan of "Out of many, one people." Homosexuals seem to be excluded from this phrase because they are made out to be not inhuman, merely "things," "filth," "abominations." Despite this culture of hate, Glave and a group of like-minded individuals started J-Flag, an organization that gives hope to gays and lesbians in Jamaica; only one of the founders, he notes with irony, was murdered thus far. This speech serves as a clarion call for the international community to focus attention on abuse of gays in the Caribbean. Glave also offers his story as a prayer, a hope that from the darkness of today a brighter future can emerge for homosexuals in his country—a future of peace, acceptance, and respect.
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