MattyRossJa wrote:And for the record I have been living here for 20 years of my life, I think i'm a little more aware of the problems here than yourself thanks. It takes more than reading a study to know about what life is really like in any given country. Perhaps you could come visit sometime and use your expertise to help the country change for the better?
You are suggesting I go to a country that has laws that exist solely to discriminate against me and put me in jail. Change the laws and the native people's homophobic, hateful attitudes and I'll consider it.
I cannot bring myself to visit any country where:
- Same-sex intercourse is punishable with a prison sentence of up to 10 years
- The last prime minister used a song about burning and killing gay people as his party's theme song (Chi Chi Man by T.O.K)
- The nation's only LGBT rights group operates completely anonymously for their own protection
- 70% of the population does not feel that gay people deserved the same basic rights and privileges as 'other people'
- Hundreds of the nation's LGBTI citizens have sought and been granted asylum in Canada, the US, and the United Kingdom
I don't need to live in such a country to recognize how bad all of the above is. I'm sure that like you've made clear, the above doesn't represent the experience of a straight white male in Jamaica. However, by all accounts, the above does represent the experience of a significant chunk of the population.
Back on topic, you wanted to know how to make Jamaica a more attractive kiteboarding destination and what the major selling points are of kiteboarding destinations. The best selling point of a good kiteboard destination, for me, is being somewhere where I won't be sent to jail, beaten, or murdered. Wind, weather, and temperature come second. Cheap, clean accommodation comes third. Good, affordable food and drink are fourth.