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PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR THE PREVIEW VIDEOS.

www.visiblelgbtqcaribbean.com

In the April 2015, I self-published my debut novel, "BATTY BWOY," a narrative semi-autobiographical coming of age story that looks at growing up in Jamaica's homophobic society, and the plight of a gay black Jamaican immigrant in America.

During my self-contrived book tour that took me to over 15 cities in North America, I returned to Miami Beach, my home-base, to appear on WLRN - South Florida's NPR station. The reporter, Tim Padgett who had written the infamous TIME magazine article in 2006 where he called Jamaica "The Most Homophobic Place on Earth," talked about my novel, but more so steered our conversation as a follow up of his article with interest for an update and progress, if any, that has been made since. The interview was published the following day in the MIAMI HERALD titled "Homophobes of the Caribbean: Can Gays Change Hearts And Laws On The Islands?"

As a seasoned freelance fashion photographer who have garnered international editorials, magazine covers, and a photo book, I felt my personal goals were achieved and this inspired me to take the next step as a visual artist - film. Also, after travelling to cities like Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, and Toronto, to name a few,  where my novel was well-received, I met many supporters who encouraged and are excited about my pursuits. VISIBLE - PORTRAITS & NARRATIVES OF LGBTQ PEOPLE OF THE CARIBBEAN & DIASPORA is my parlay into film production, but more so my greatest level of activism.

The premise of this documentary is to address homophobia - where does it stem from in the Caribbean and why is it more severe there? How are LGBTQ people from the Caribbean treated by their family, peers, and society? Why do many LGBTQ people leave their home country? How different is their quality of life when they are in more liberal societies, free to live their truth? Other topics that will be addressed are the omni-presence of religion (Christianity), in particular the Catholic Church and fundamental Christians who use the Bible to preach hate, LGBTQ Caribbean people who are often forced to live a closeted life which affects the spread of HIV , untreated mental illnesses, increase suicide rates andnd  other poli-economic and psycho-social components that further marginalize LGBTQ people in the Caribbean, and for many in the diaspora.

Risks and challenges

Though I am Jamaican-born, I have not travelled to any of the Caribbean islands in 25 years. This region is high on crime directed towards travelers from the USA especially. I will be networking with various LGBTQ activists in each Caribbean country I visit, but I do not know anyone, and I will be travelling alone. I consider myself a savvy traveler, but I will be very vigilant. Furthermore, as an openly gay and proud man, I am aware that I will have to be on the guard to detract ignorant homophobes.

I still have my Jamaican passport and am able to travel freely, even to Cuba, but I will need to book a return ticket before I arrive in each country and the expenses will add up, along with simple accommodations.

The task is very ambitious, but with support I know my goals will be achieved. My sacrifices and possible discomfort will be irrelevant compared to the task at hand, an attempt to garner global human rights activism to change hearts and minds, and better yet provide advocacy for the many marginalized LGBTQ people who are regarded as second class citizens in their own country.

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