New York’s Stonewall Inn

New York City’s Stonewall Inn, considered to be the birthplace of the Gay Rights Movement thanks to the famous 1969 riots, is launching a boycott of Jamaica.

The Caribbean island nation has been labelled by some human rights activists as “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth”.

It’s been claimed that reports of human rights abuses, including arbitrary detention, mob attacks, stabbings, harassment of homosexual patients by hospital and prison staff, and targeted shootings of homosexuals have been ignored by local authorities.

“Boycott Jamaica” activists are taking part in a “rum dump” at the Inn, where Jamaican beverages such as Myers Rum and Red Stripe Beer are being poured down the sewer.

“Gay people have regularly been beaten and murdered on the island, while authorities do little to stop the violence. We, as the owners of the Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the Gay rights movement, refuse to support, in any way, shape or form, the oppression of any people especially our gay brothers and sisters in Jamaica,” the Inn’s said in a statement.

“We ask all people of all walks of life to send a clear message to the Jamaican people and their government, that as long as they continue to allow and condone violence and hatred toward the Gay community, we will neither buy their products nor support their tourist trade. To do so is to tacitly support the current climate of oppression.”

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