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Members of the lesbian/bi-sexu-
al/gay/transgender (LBGT) commu-
nity are now fearing they will be tar-
geted by gangsters, and feel their
lives are in danger.
The latest news in the ongoing
gay/heterosexual debate, fuelled by
statements made by artist LeRoy
Clarke, comes from a group that lob-
bies for LBGT equality, I Am One.
Head of the group Jason Jones said
there is great concern among members
about Clarke s statement that homo-
sexuality was used as a gang initiation
Clarke, in an earlier T&T Guardian
interview, said emasculated gang
members use the gun as a symbol of
their manhood. Asked what this claim
was based on, he said people had told
Jones said: "I am calling on Mr
Clarke, as a proper elder, to make a
full apology and retraction of the
statement and say he made a major
mistake and let s move on.
"I am very concerned about the gay
community. The comment has made
the LBGT community a target of gang-
sters. Some of the less intelligent gang-
sters may want to prove they are not
gay and attack the LBGT community.
It s a dangerous statement."
An agitated Jones told the Guardian
there was no documentation of homo-
sexuality being used as an initiation
rite anywhere in the world.
"There is the first blood initiation,
where you go out and kill somebody.
Gang culture feeds on machismo."
Jones also dismissed Clarke s claim
that he had received a "semi-
threat/warning" from someone who
called him and said to watch it, his
career could be at stake because of
the statements he made.
"In the same way he made up the
crap about gunslingers, he made up
Jones rejected Clarke s comments
as the rantings of "a man who no
longer has any relevance in the soci-
"Now gay people are threatening
him? I don t get it. It s all a little crazy."
Asked to comment on the biblical
position Clarke said he supports, Jones
said, "T&T is made up of 26 different
religions. There are different beliefs."
Colin Robinson of Coalition Advo-
cating for Inclusion of Sexual Orien-
tation (CAISO) said he and his organ-
isation would never threaten Clarke,
and a lot of gay men are very hurt
about what Clarke said because they
had befriended him.
"They loved and supported Clarke
and spent time with him when he was
lonely. Not in a sexual way.
"I think LeRoy is mourning the loss
of a particular kind of patriarchy, the
kind where men are more equal than
"He s an old, bitter man who I
would really love to love."
Gangs on girls,
not gay sex
A Chinese Dragon during the National Carnival Commission's Dragon Festival at the corner of Prince
and George Streets, Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
A Laventille gang leader, who
requested anonymity, said of Clarke's
comments. "Is the opposite. Plenty
women and plenty babies.
"Trinidad gangsters are not homos.
I despise that. That kind of thing is
not accepted. God tell me that is
Fr Clyde Harvey, who works with
gangsters, told the Guardian he had
never heard about homosexuality
being used to initiate them.
Heterosexual male dominance was
the symbol of power among
gangsters, he said.
"It's about how many girls you can
Gary Grant, community action
officer of the National Security
Ministry's Citizens Security
Programme, said he has no
knowledge of homosexuality being
used as an initiation rite in gangs.
Grant, a former gang member, helps
in crime-prevention programmes for
at-risk youth in St Barb's and other
parts of Laventille, Gonzales in
Belmont and Nelson Street and other
parts of east Port-of-Spain.
He said, "I have not seen or heard
anything like that. I am not saying
you might not have guys caught up
in homosexual behaviour. But gangs
generally shun homosexuality."
GANGS: NOT US AND GAYS
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