Guilty as charged! Condemned to death! Silent! Everyone is silent. Erased memory; inconspicuous and insignificant existence. An aberration worthy of extinction. A social leper; a miscreant. Guilty as charged! For murder, robbery, pedophilia, wounding with intent? For blasphemy, genocide, arson, corruption or Fraud? For incest, possession of narcotics? What was her crime? It was being different!
The Price for Being Different!
Transgenderism is perhaps a[n]topic/issue that we, in Jamaica, are neither aux fait with nor comfortable in addressing. "Transgenderism" is not necessarily akin to homosexuality.It is not about being a "Mama man", (Effeminate) or being a "Man Royal" (Woman who acts "manly"). It is as dynamic and intricate as it gets as therapists, psychologists and academics, alike, try to define the workings of Transgenderism. But most fundamentally it is about human beings who feel entrapped in a body that their person cannot relate to (Man trapped in female body and vice versa). I know the Christian zealots will come to me with arguments about "sin" and "unnatural" tendencies. To you I say, move away with your fallacious positions, informed by your bigotry, arrogance and ignorance. [ note to self: I am so happy that this is not an academic response [though calculated] so I dont have to be diplomatic and hide my anger and passion]. With all your repudiations of the unnatural aka sinful, why do you wear clothes? Why don't you go about in your "natural" state. Or does natural take on relativity when it is convenient to you?
A Transgender Jamaican young lady with whom I was acquainted and whom I have served in professional and charitable capacities was mutilated and murdered recently in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies; an island repeatedly touted by Government and Christian fundamentalists as a Christian Nation. The young lady, known to me as Charms, whose corpse was found with stab wounds behind the National Solid Waste Agency and General Insurance Branch Limited on Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew on Friday, November 3, 2010 was identified by representative[s] of Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays (JFALG). It is also reported that Charms had his fingers chopped off and were found in a paper bag. Her killers thought of perhaps the most gruesome of ways to execute this dreg of society. "Let's not just kill her; let's make it slow and painful." The way Charms was killed is is indicative of how worthless she was considered.
In this "Christian" Society, as some will love to believe,no-one has come out to condemn the killing of Charms; a Jamaican citizen who happens to be transgender. Neither the Government nor the Christian church. Today is already December 5th. Apparently, it does not matter that a transgender person has been murdered in a Christian country. After all, as Christians we cannot tolerate the abominable in our society right? God is purging our society of such aberrations as Charms. My concern with this kind of Christian ethos or the possibility of Jamaica being a Christian state for real is that the non-Christian will have no guarantee of protection of their humanity. In a Christian society, diversity is worse than blasphemy and the guilty are treated worse than the common criminal. In a Christian society, bigotry and injustice posture themselves as righteous indignation and restoration of morality. In a Christian society, some lives are less important than others. It is the reemergence of the superior human; neo-nazi ideologies disguised in the holy 'frock'.
The Irony is that the standard of holiness seems to be a moving target. Christian parents will prefer their teenage daughters come home pregnant than for her to introduce them to her female lover (don't dare make any assumptions). The same sort of misanthropy and indifference evidenced by the silence of the church may not necessarily be the case if gunmen had opened fire on a bunch of revilers or heterosexual whoremongers. "ah bway! donkey seh di worl' nuh level!"
I am sick to my stomach! I am saddened by what has happened to Charms. Yes, because I was acquainted with her. Yes, because for Charms and others who have been denied a voice while alive are even denied a voice in their death. Once again, their cries for justice and acceptance is silenced by SILENCE! But I am even more saddened that a human being was killed and was not even accorded as much respect as a mongrel dog. But I refuse to be silenced. Call me what you may. Call me battyman, faggot, aberration, miscreant, nasty dirty; a friend of gays - WHATEVER!!! I rather be all of that than be complicit in EVIL.
I am happy to have found the disconnect between Christianity and God; Between religion and truth. Christianity is slowly becoming Nazi reincarnate!
I am Damien Marcus Williams (I am Cross, angry, miserable)And......
I DONT GIVE A DAMN!!