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Jamaica Gays Blast U.S.-led Boycott

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Gay rights activists in Jamaica are rejecting a call for a boycott of a Jamaican Beer company – by gay rights activists in the US.

Earlier this month, three well-known gay rights activists launched the website BoycottJamaica.org – calling on supporters of gay rights to boycott tourism of .. and products from .. the island nation. At the time, The Jamaican Forum for Lesbians, Allsexuals and Gays or JFLAG, said that when a Canadian group tried a similar boycott last year, there was a spike in attacks.

Now, JFLAG has spoken up even more forcefully against the boycott – in particular, the targeting of Jamaican Beer maker Red Stripe.

Activists in New York, led by Wayne Besen, have organized with the Stonewall Inn to stage what they’re calling the “Rum Dump” on Wednesday. The landmark gay bar plans to dump its entire stock of Myers Rum and Red Stripe Beer into the sewer. JFLAG says in a statement that the organizers should have “first (done their) homework.”

JFLAG says targeting Red Stripe is “extremely damaging to the cause of LGBT activists in Jamaica” who last year, convinced the beer maker to stop its sponsorship of reggae festivals that include anti-gay performers.

Besen told OutQ News “We respect their reasons and understand that they are unable to stand up and be out. However, we believe that a boycott is what will be most effective in the long term.”

— Aaron McQuade

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Written by OutQ News staff

April 14, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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