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Gay rights in the Caribbean: Not everyone’s island paradise

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Divided we fall

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Gay rights in the Caribbean

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PORT OF SPAIN

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Discriminatory laws have proved hard to repeal

A RAINBOW flag flew at half-mast alongside the Stars and Stripes on June 13th at the American embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. It honoured the 49 people killed the day before in a gay club in Orlando. Marlene Malahoo Forte, the island’s attorney-general, took issue with the gesture. The rainbow banner was “disrespectful of Jamaica’s laws”, she tweeted.
Gay male sex in Jamaica carries a ten-year prison sentence, though the country graciously tolerates rainbow flags. The embassy tweeted back: “We’re listening. Explain the legal reasoning? It was an attack of terror !!and!! hate.” Ms Malahoo Forte later said she had been “misconstrued”. But the incident drew attention to Victorian sexual laws in a region that lures tourists with a free-and-easy image—and to the failure of attempts to change them.

Organised religion has …