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Going to Jamaica

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Nevin Powell, center, meets with some residents at a previous safe house location in Jamaica in February. (Photo courtesy of Jasmyne Cannick) As a Black lesbian, let me tell you why I travel purposefully to one of the most homophobic countries in the world JASMYNE CANNICK | Special Contributor Like millions of other Americans, Jamaica is my top destination in the Caribbean.

But unlike millions of other Americans, I don’t just come to Jamaica to vacation and soak up the sun. As a Black lesbian, for the past year, I have traveled throughout Jamaica, bearing witness to a modern-day underground railroad while speaking to LGBTQ people about what it’s like living in a country that seemingly encourages their murder.

Beyond Jamaica’s carefully designed and monitored tourism corridor lies a much different Jamaica that is seldom talked about in America: a country filled with people who advocate for and then ignore the murders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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