In Jamaica, being gay is a death sentence. “Boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head” (gun shot to gay men) has replaced the
country’s motto “Out of many, one people.” Time magazine noted Jamaica is the worst place in the Americas for LGBT people and one of the most homophobic places
in the world. BATTY BWOY is a fiction bildungsroman set in Jamaica and America. The title is a reappropriation of the derogatory
Jamaican epithet used to describe gay, bisexual and effeminate men or those presumed to be gay or bisexual.
BATTY BWOY is the coming of age story of Mark Palmer, a gay, black Jamaican. The son of an overbearing, absentee
mother, he is thrust into an environment that requires a thick skin from torments and socio-economic disparities.
Suppressing his “gay tendencies” to avoid being bashed or killed, he migrates to America and breaks free from the
closet to a world where he is disenfranchised and arrested. As his life spirals from bad choices, he clings to desperate measures and finds hope.
BATTY BWOY author MAX MANTLE will read from his work and engage in conversation with the audience 6 – 7:30 pm, TUESDAY, JULY 14th at the North Portland Library, 512 N Killingsworth St.
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