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"The Abominable Crime" Screens at Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia

Event Date:

February 27, 2014 | 7:00 PM EST
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Jamaica has the reputation of being one of the most violently anti-gay countries on earth. Male...

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Human Rights lawyer Maurice Tomlinson hangs out at the conclusion of the day's activities in Lorraine Ustaris's English classroom at The Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush. Image by Amanda Ottaway. Philadelphia, 2014.

The Caribbean Alliance for Equality is bringing the documentary "The Abominable Crime" to the Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia on Thursday, February 27.

Jamaica's anti-buggery law, which refers to homosexuality as "an abominable crime," is a legacy of the island's British colonial past. Documentary filmmaker Micah Fink started his Pulitzer Center-supported project "Glass Closet: Sex, Stigma and HIV/AIDS in Jamaica" four years ago. The resulting film gives voice to gay Jamaicans who are forced to flee their homeland in the face of endemic anti-gay violence. It follows Maurice Tomlinson, a leading human rights lawyer and activist, who must decide where to live after his marriage to another man is made public, and Simone Edwards, a lesbian-identified Jamaican and single mother, who must find a way to protect herself and her daughter after surviving an anti-gay shooting.

Fink and Tomlinson will attend the screening.

Thursday, February 27
Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia
3637 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Read "Exposing repression in a not-so-faraway place," an article about growing up gay in Jamaica and the work of the Caribbean Alliance for Equality and the Metropolitan Community Church, which are organizing the screening of "The Abominable Crime" on February 27.

More information is available on the Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia and its programs.


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