Young and Gay: Jamaica's Gully Queens (Full Length)

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In Jamaica, attacks, murder, and rape are common occurrences against LGBTI people, with little to no retribution or justice brought against those responsible.

After being forced from shacks, derelict buildings, and their own families, many homeless LGBTI Jamaicans have found refuge in the storm drainage systems of Kingston — known locally as the gully. For trans girls and gay men unable or unwilling to hide their sexuality, the sense of community and relative safety the gully provides acts as a welcome sanctuary, and for many, a hope of change to come.

VICE News travelled to the New Kingston area to see what LGBTI life is like in Jamaica — where just being who you are can mean living a life underground.

This unique community has found solace in the lyrics of street life and struggle of the recently incarcerated singer Vybz Kartel, a national hero of sorts and considered “The Voice of the Jamaican Guetto” by many. Check out the unofficial video for “Beautiful Girl” by Vybz Kartel, the “”voice of the Jamaican ghetto” at Noisey:

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38 thoughts on “Young and Gay: Jamaica's Gully Queens (Full Length)

  1. @4:30

    No, they are NOT "choosing" to live in a storm drain.

    No, you are clearly NOT "tolerant" to a person's orientation whatever it might be.

    No, they are NOT stealing and robbing people because they are gay or because they are "using the community as an umbrella to commit crime," they are doing it because you have shoved them to the margins of society and they have no other options.

    Just no, no no no and no.

  2. Gay starts with a G and gross starts with a G so there the same. what's five plus five? Five plus five is ten. What's 10-3? 10-3 = 7 and how many colors are in the rainbow? 7, and the rainbow is the flag for gay's. So what does that mean, well it means that 7 + 1 = 8. 8 -3 = 5, 85. 85 is the number on that guys shirt in the thumbnail. 85 is the gay number! But what does that mean? Well that means that 85% of the population in Jamaica is not gay. Did I just blow you're MIND? Being mental has to do with people's MINDS and what are gay people? They're mental! Booom nigga

  3. Why don't they ever do documentaries on gay woman twerking, fighting, crazy, drunk, sexy, cool, or struggling to make it in life or simply acting like men? Because there are those gay ass lesbians who pretty and like to just tease guys for fun and laughter and wanna trap you in their world like they used to do in Sodom and Gomorrah. They would lure you into the city with their beauty and then when your there in the city, men gay and bisexual would try and capture you and put you in a cage and lift you above the streets while you looked at their festivities and starved to death lusting after woman until you eventually gave in to their demands. Most of the time it had something to do with sex. So you'd had better been a slick wise guy to get yourselves out of them men humping your bottom by being able to read or write or some special talent. That's the reason why God rained down fire and brimstone on those cities for those of you who believe. If you look at today's generation, I know it's the same as before but technology has increased, and woman want worship threw the WWW, the media, and today's popular media outlets like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc. They show off their curves and get nearly naked so they can lead you to a private webcam site for adults. The female's music videos say it all, their stripping down to a bikini dance and rap music video. For example Beyonce's Put A Ring On It. She might as well be dancing in underwear that rise above her breast. Yes men love watching woman in their underwear, but according to the Bible, for those of you who believe, God said that the woman "WILL" desire her husband", it also says that is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh Genesis 2:24. But gays, lesbians, and woman who think their superior because they maybe pretty than most females or just too conceited because of their looks miss the message and it only becomes about money and looks. The Bible also says Isaiah 53:2 There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. But just because you think you have an beautiful appearance know that Lucifer was the most beautiful angel but he had the worse flaw his pride was lifted up against God his creator Yo think you being book smart and or college smart a man with a good heart not good enough for you. You despise him and kill his good heart, (men too do the same to woman, not saying guy are innocent) but you should keep in mind that Jesus says that "there is only one good and that is God" Mark 10:18. It is God who said "I look at the heart but mankind looks at the outward appearance,1 Samuel 16:7,Luke 16:15,John 8:15. You can be a high school drop out and have hit the lottery or have family members who have money and you got a loan to open up a restaurant or something like that to stay on top. Demons in people having babies and never having the intentions on teaching them ANYTHING, after that they jump into another human hosts body after the child has grown older cause he wants to humiliate them growing up. Because the child knows nothing his parents were full of lust demons who just want to see you get big and then taunt you and tease you.

  4. A white man asking a black man why black people are poor. These young men and women are poor because of racism/white supremacy. White people during colonial times made buggery a crime in Jamaica. So it’s ironic that this young white man is now taking issue with the colonized internalizing their racist practices and using them on each other. They learned to hate gay people from white people. The white people made the law that made the act illegal. The interviewer needs to turn the camera on himself and look at white privilege roles in colonialization and ask himself why there is poverty in Jamaica.

  5. This guy is so annoying like he’s lucky no one attacks him for being a pompous asshole, he doesn’t know Jamaica he isn’t a native he’s just an American coming in there making a little documentary for vice who’s become this radicalized left wing channel I hardly call it news

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