Homophobia in Jamaica (104.13)

104.13 SYNOPSIS:  Bethany explains to Saanvi that Thomas is her cousin Leo’s boyfriend and that they needed to flee Jamaica due to the country’s extreme homophobia..—>—>

Script & Commentary

Scene switches to Bethany’s living room. Saanvi is seated on the couch.

SAANVI: There was a stowaway on our plane?

Bethany closes the drapes.

BETHANY: His name is Thomas. He’s my cousin Leo’s boyfriend.

SAANVI: But why did you smuggle him out?

Bethany sits down.

BETHANY: You have any idea how dangerous being gay in Jamaica can be? When their friend was beaten to death, Leo and Thomas posted a video calling out the local police for not investigating and became targets themselves.

SAANVI: They couldn’t get plane tickets?

BETHANY: My cousin had one, but Thomas couldn’t get a passport in time, and his life was in danger. I had to help. Leo and Thomas were in love, and Leo is family. He never made it to the U.S. Disappeared a few years after we went missing.

SAANVI: You did the best you could.

BETHANY: The rest of us were together when they told us five years had passed in the blink of an eye. Imagine what it was like for Thomas to find out. All alone, in a strange country.

SAANVI: Well, we have to figure out a way to help him.

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