CARIBBEAN: GoFundMe launched to provide house for homeless gay men in Jamaica

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CARIBBEAN: GoFundMe launched to provide house for homeless gay men in Jamaica
A gay man being evicted from the Shoemaker Gully on Trafalgar Road on Thursday, September 4, 2014.
A gay man being evicted from the Shoemaker Gully on Trafalgar Road on Thursday, September 4, 2014.
A gay man being evicted from the Shoemaker Gully on Trafalgar Road on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

JAMAICA STAR – A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise funds to help create a permanent home for a group of gay Jamaican men who live in the Shoemaker Gully in New Kingston.

“These are beautiful people – the bravest in fact. To live in a country which is against them, where every day they face death, and yet they refuse to be silenced. Join us in our stand with them, and help them change their fate,” the plead for cash said.

The men are referred to as ‘gully queens’, and according to Savannah Baker, who established the account on October 31, they are beaten and raped on a regular basis.

Some US$7,762 or approximately J$1 million of a targeted US$100,000 (J$12.9 million) has so far been raised.

The money is to lease a property to accommodate the men, provide psychological support and assist with their medical expenses and welfare.

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