FORT LAUDERDALE, March 10, 2008 –
Condemnation of Jamaica’s climate of fear, hatred and hostility towards all
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people has come today from the
International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).
“We call immediately on Jamaica’s
community leaders to cease their oppression,” said John Tanzella, executive
director of IGLTA.
“We will continue to speak up and
to spotlight these cruel and bigoted actions before tourism and business
“IGLTA is in complete solidarity
with Jamaica’s own LGBT leadership, J-FLAG,” he said in a statement.
“Therefore, like J-flag, it is not
our intention to provoke reprisals or political condemnation in Jamaica by
supporting a global tourism boycott. We understand this step could be
counter-productive to making true progress in that Caribbean nation, and
instead we will focus on education, publicity and market competition to
highlight and help curb these terrible abuses.”
At the upcoming 25th Anniversary
Convention in Las Vegas next May, IGLTA leaders also will be able to
highlight the degrading situation in Jamaica, and call on all global
hospitality industry leaders to unite in condemning this and any hostile and
violent climate towards our community.
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Posted: 10 March 2008 at
14:00 (UK time)