Orchid Gowe Hunter, Jamaica
My name is Orchid Gowe Hunter and I'm a nurse working for Jamaica AIDS Support for Life for the past 12 years. I have been working with MSM, sex workers, heterosexuals and a wide cross-section of persons living with HIV/AIDS.
For MSM and their family members, from what I have observed, most families, most of these persons are not accepted by their family members -- just a few. For those who are not accepted, most of them are merely turned out on the streets, abandoned by their family, or are discriminated [against] in society, and family members also discriminate [against] these persons. Life is not so nice in Jamaica for MSM right now.
For me, in this field, I accept persons for who they are, no matter what their sexuality or their lifestyle. I use prayer. [I know that] no matter what a person's sexual orientation is, they are still a human being. I know that God accepts each and every one. I'm hoping that one day the entire population -- or the world -- will see a person for who they are, not their sexuality or their lifestyle.