In a personal essay in The New York Times titled “Intolerance and Love in Jamaica,” the 23-year-old writer details a memory from growing up as a closeted gay teen from a small Texas town. He was visiting Jamaica for the first time for a family reunion and was weary of the country’s tolerance for the LGBT community.
“I’d heard stories about the situation for queer folks in Jamaica, but they were hard to put in perspective — I had nothing to compare them with. I lived in a small town in Texas. I’d have sooner set myself on fire than come out. I’d never seen a pair of gay people, and I had yet to find them in books, so the notion of a happy ending felt pretty amorphous. Like some pot at the end of this camouflage rainbow.”
During a family outing, they come across a happy gay couple on the beach. “It was warm to watch, like electricity, as if I’d seen the last dinosaurs,” Washington writes. But then, his uncle began to throw rocks at the couple and his aunt booed. Washington decided he would never come back.
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After 49 people were killed at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla. this week, lawmakers, news organizations and the American public let their reactions be known. But how does the conversation differ between political parties?
The New York Times did a breakdown of terms and topics used when Republicans and Democrats discuss the attack. The Times noticed that Democrats focused on weapons and referred to the attack as a “mass shooting.”
“This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets.” — Hilary Clinton
But Republicans avoided the word “shooting” and tended to call the attack a “terrorist attack.”
“It was the worst terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11, and the second of its kind in six months.” — Donald Trump
Other differences in rhetoric included use of the phrase ‘radical Islam,’ placement of blame on either guns or criminals and willingness to mention the LGBT community. See these comparisons and more here.