Downtown Kingston, Jamaica.
Gabrielle has been attacked several times in Kingston, including once when his cheek was severed from the corner of his mouth to his upper cheek. On the weekends he often does beauty treatments for local women on the street in Downtown Kingston.
Jamaican Police patrol downtown Kingston.
Gabrielle is forever looking over his shoulder for threats of violence. His friend 'Pebbles' (right) lives on the street as a result of his sexuality - his family having thrown him out of home.
Another hairdresser at work on the street in Downtown Kingston on a busy Saturday afternoon.
Street Vendors in Kingston.
A woman argues with another on the street in Downtown Kingston.
A group of young, homosexual men including 'Bobbie' (right) who was chased and arrested by Police moments later, congregate in Downtown, Kingston on a Saturday night. Many live on the streets having been kicked out of home by their families. They are regularly harassed by the Police.
'Pebbles' smokes a joint on the street where he and some of his homosexual friends often gather by night.
A young, homosexual man, 'Bobbie' was chased and by Police with weapons drawn near a place where he and his mainly homosexual friends often congregate.
Bobbie was soon arrested and taken away by Police.
Illegal homosexuality in Jamaica for Tetu (Fr.)
Photos from a story I shot in Kingston, Jamaica were recently published in French magazine, Tetu.
The story, by Ratiba Hamzaoui, concerns the lives of gay people in Jamaica where persecution is rife and homosexuality itself is illegal.
Ratiba and I followed a small group of young, gay men who had been forced to leave home by their families and consequently lived on the street. We witnessed police harassment and the atmosphere of fear in which the men constantly live. One man had been attacked on several occasions, once having his cheek, from the corner of his mouth to the jaw, severed with a knife. From the corner of his mouth to the jaw.
As always, it was humbling, and a privilege, to have been allowed into the subjects’ lives and to hear their stories.
To see a full PDF of the piece (it is in French) CLICK HERE.