For over 20 years, the LGBTQ community has been launching assaults after assault on Reggae Music, the Rasta community and overall Jamaican culture. While some reggae artists, worldwide reggae fans and most Jamaicans have stood their ground, 2019 looks like it could be the year that the homosexual community will claim victory over Reggae, Rasta and Jamaican culture.
Below are 7 things that happen in 2019 that shows that the LGBTQ is winning over long standing Reggae and Rasta cultures.
1. Early 2019, Buju Banton issued the following statement.
I recognize that the song (Boom bye-bye) has caused much pain to listeners, as well as to my fans, my family and myself. After all the adversity we’ve been through I am determined to put this song in the past and continue moving forward as an artist and as a man. I affirm once and for all that everyone has the right to live as they so choose. In the words of the great Dennis Brown, ‘Love and hate can never be friends.’ I welcome everyone to my shows in a spirit of peace and love. Please come join me in that same spirit.
2. Joe Bagdanovich announced that 2018 X Factor winner, Dalton Harris, will be performing on Reggae Sumfest 2019 despite protests from some Jamaicans and Reggae fans who were questioning is sexuality.
3. Shenseea releases steamy photos of herself and another female both half-naked and laying in bed. Days later a video of the same was released and the Loodi singjay got support from numerous dancehall reggae artists including Konshens.
4. Gramps Morgan of Morgan and Heritage uses a video with strong homosexual undertone to promote his jerk sauce.
5. Tony Rebel told a Jamaican tabloid that many reggae and dancehall artists are gay, including some that claim to be Rasta. The Nazarene Vow singjay went on to say that the best thing these artists could do is to come out of the closet.
““Dem say Jamaica homophobic, but look how much gay people you have in reggae and dancehall and people know dem… You have artistes who have locks who are gay, even if dem a say Rasta. The best thing they could do is be honest and come out.” Tony Rebel told the tabloid.
6. High Times kicks Sizzla off the Reggae on the River 2019 lineup. After headlining the festival in 2016, the Rasta was invited back this year, however, pressure from the LGBTQ community forced High Times to cancel the artist’s appearance.
If you believe in freedom of speech and Sizzla should be allowed to perform on Reggae on the River, please sign the petition to have him added back to the lineup.
7. When a company that is partly owned by a Rasta kicks another Rasta off a festival for homophobic lyrics, that is all you need to know who has won the war. High Times, the company that removed Sizzla from Reggae on the River is partly owned by Damian Marley.