Brian Williamson

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For the footballer, see Brian Williamson (footballer).

Brian Williamson (4 September 1945 – 9 June 2004) was a Jamaican Gay rights activist and co-founder of the Jamaican forum for lesbians and gays, J-Flag. He was known for personally housing and looking after gay people in Jamaica.

He was murdered with a machete, suffering multiple stab wounds to neck and face.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher Rebecca Schleifer had a meeting with Williamson that day, and arrived at his home not long after his body had been discovered:

She found a small crowd singing and dancing. One man called out, "Battyman he get killed." Others were celebrating, laughing and shouting "Let's get them one at a time", "That's what you get for sin". Others sang "Boom bye bye", a line from a well-known dancehall song by Jamaican star Buju Banton about shooting and burning gay men. "It was like a parade", says Schleifer. "They were basically partying."[1]

Williamson's confessed murderer, Dwight Hayden, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after fifteen years.[2]

The French band Tryo dedicated a song named after him on its 2012 album Ladilafé.

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  1. ^ Younge, Gary (26 April 2006). "Troubled island". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Jamaica Gleaner (21 May 2006). "Gay rights activist's killer gets life". Retrieved 16 November 2011. 

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