Check out this PSA launched by advocacy group J-FLAG, Jamaica Forum of Lesbian, All-Sexuals, and Gays. The current ad features Christine Straw, former Miss Jamaica World 1998 and Miss Jamaica Universe 2004, along with her gay brother Matthew.
Here’s the statement on their Youtube page”
Hatred of LGBT persons is rooted in ignorance and fear. By telling the stories of actual Jamaicans we can begin to understand what it really means to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender in Jamaica, LGBT people are not mere outcasts on the fringes of society, they are our family members, friends and coworkers, and they need our supporting in fighting against prejudice and discrimination.
This Public Service Announcement (PSA) tells the heartwarming story of Matthew and Christine Straw. The former Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe, Christine, declares her love for her brother who is gay, while calling upon us to love ou family members and friends unconditionally.
It is our hope that this inspiring public declaration of love will inspire other families and friends to share their stories of acceptance, and that those who are on a journey to acceptance will be moved to show all embracing love to the LGBT people in their lives.
Many thanks to Christine and Matthew for sharing their story. Jamaica is indebted to you for your role in the fight for equality for all Jamaicans.
For more information visit J-Flag’s website at www.jflag.org
Thanks to our partners for helping to make this PSA a reality:
Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL)
Caribbean Vulnerable Communities (CVC)
AIDS Free World