Sexual Alternatives in Patricia Powell’s Me Dying Trial

  • Keja L. Valens
Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)


Buju Banton’s infamous 1988 dancehall hit “Boom Bye Bye” conveys the prevailing view, persistent for more than a quarter century, of Jamaican public opinion about same-sex relationships: extreme intolerance. Dancers across the country still sing along to Banton’s refrain: “Boom bye bye/Inna batty bwoy head/Rude bwoy no promote the nasty man/Dem haffi dead” (Boom bye bye/In a fag’s head/Dancehall singers don’t promote no fags/They have to die).1 Even in the popular and academic debate sparked as Banton continues to receive international recognition, while many argue that Banton’s view is offensive, few suggest that it is uncommon.2


Family Tree Gender Nonconformity Binary Opposition Alternative Normal Christian Teaching 
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