Concrete Jungle (01:34)
Reggae started in Kingston's inner city as a social justice genre, but has become associated with homophobia.
Bob Marley's Legacy (03:26)
Kingston celebrates the icon's 72nd birthday with a four day festival. Reggae gave a voice to the poor and urged them to rebel against oppression. "One Love" appealed for peace in a community plagued by crime and violence.
Dancehall Homophobia (02:11)
The reggae subgenre emerged in the 1990s and encouraged self-expression but reflected sexual intolerance. "Boom Bye Bye" calls for gay men to be murdered.
Dane Lewis directs Jamaica's only LGBT rights group from an unmarked office. He helped organize an international boycott of murderous dancehall lyrics and artists promoting homophobic violence. Sodomy is still illegal in Jamaica—making it more difficult to report hate crimes.
Life on the Fringe (03:36)
Transgender "gully queen" Shaquille fled her community under threat of death and is homeless. Dancehall artist Tanya Stephens called for tolerance with her single "Do You Still Care." Market pressure forced artists like Beanie Man to publicly apologize for offensive lyrics.
Homophobia Origins (04:32)
Stephens believes Christian ideology is to blame. Jamaica has the largest number of churches per capita, offering refuge from violence but shunning the LBGT community. Rastafarians also believe homosexuality is a sin.
Call for Unity and Tolerance (03:33)
Roots reggae artist Etana records a new track in Montego Bay. She follows Rastafari teachings but does not judge people on their sexuality, and has many gay friends.
New Dancehall (02:57)
Sanjay Ramanand records a track at Big Yacht Studios in Kingston. The genre seeks to focus on dance and move on from homophobic associations—reflecting a gradual social shift towards tolerance.
Future for Jamaica's LGBT Community (02:34)
Prime Minister Andrew Holness pays his respects to Bob Marley. He says there is a discussion to remove anti-sodomy laws. Lewis is optimistic that homosexuality will eventually be socially tolerated.
Credits: One Love (00:26)
Credits: One Love
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