Dwayne Jones ("Gully Queen")Age 16
22 Jul 2013
Montego Bay, Saint James (Jamaica)
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Dwayne was killed after attending a party in female clothing. When people recognized that she was not a cisgender woman, a mob chased and killed her. Her body was found with multiple stab wounds and a gunshot wound.
A newspaper report citing friends of Jones stated that two years before she had been kicked out of the family home by her father and had to leave school because of her gender expression.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Dwayne Jones was relentlessly teased in high school for being effeminate until he dropped out. His father not only kicked him out of the house at the age of 14 but also helped jeering neighbors push the youngster from the rough Jamaican slum where he grew up.
By age 16, the teenager was dead — beaten, stabbed, shot and run over by a car when he showed up at a street party dressed as a woman. His mistake: confiding to a friend that he was attending a "straight" party as a girl for the first time in his life.
"When I saw Dwayne's body, I started shaking and crying," said Khloe, one of three transgendered friends who shared a derelict house with the teenager in the hills above the north coast city of Montego Bay. Like most transgenders and gays in Jamaica, Khloe wouldn't give a full name out of fear.
"It was horrible. It was so, so painful to see him like that."
TvT project: USA Today 11.08.2013 & Human Rights Watch 01.08.2013 & JHFlag 23.07.2013