ST. JAMES, Jamaica – A transgender teenage girl who was dancing at a riverside party with another guy was stabbed and chopped to death over the weekend, according to local media reports.
The 17-year-old was recognized by a party-goer, and the woman reportedly told others that she was a male. The teen was grabbed and groped to determine whether she had a penis, according to a news report on iriefm.net.
“Some of the patrons reportedly set up on the teen, and chopped and stabbed him to death,” the news website reported. “His body was then dumped in bushes along the Orange Main Road.”
Jamaica is one of the most homophobic nations on Earth. Same-gender sexual activity is legal for women, but a crime for men. Punishment can be up to 10 years in prison at hard labor.
In 2012, Jamaica elected progressive leader Portia Simpson-Miller as prime minister. She promised to overturn Jamaica’s sodomy law passed in the 19th century, but she apparently backed down after enormous pressure from religious leaders.
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