Stories of LGBTQ survival in Jamaica featured at SXSW

A powerful new video that premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival highlights the stories, struggles, and resilience of the LGBTQ community in Jamaica. Logo’s Global Ally campaign partnered with the groundbreaking photography project, “Where Love Is Illegal” to create “This Is Who I Am: Stories of LGBTQ Survival from Jamaica,” a video which looks into the lives of a group of young LGBTQ people living in Kingston, Jamaica.

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"Jamaica is the ninth country I’ve visited. Hopefully people who view this work will be moved to take action and become allies," said Robin Hammond, creator of "Where Love Is Illegal" and “This Is Who I Am." "If they do, there is a chance that the stories of LGBTQ Jamaicans can have a wider impact."

“This Is Who I Am: Stories of LGBTQ Survival from Jamaica” is a part of Logo’s Global Ally campaign, a storytelling project that elevates the personal stories of international LGBTQ people, and provides ways for allies to take action in support of the LGBTQ community around the world. It highlights the work of J-FLAG, the Jamaican LGBTQ organization, which helped to launch the first Jamaican Pride event in 2015. Actress and advocate Ellen Page participated in that Pride event, and included it in her Viceland series, Gaycation.

The launch of “This Is Who I Am: Stories of LGBTQ Survival from Jamaica” coincided with the launch of #IAmAnAlly, a campaign co-created by “Where Love Is Illegal,” a platform for sharing stories of discrimination and survival from the global LGBTQI+ community, and Jamaican LGBTQ activists. Uniting LGBTQ Jamaicans and their allies in Jamaica and around the world, the #IAmAnAlly campaign creates a safe space for all to connect and send messages of support.