Jamaican LGBT Activist Murdered In His Home

Fashion designer Dexter Pottinger was dubbed the "face of Pride."

Dexter “3D” Pottinger, a Jamaican fashion designer and LGBT activist known as the “face of Pride” in his country, was found stabbed to death Thursday in his Kingston home, the Independent reports.

“Blood was splattered everywhere,” a police inspector told the Jamaica Gleaner. Pottinger’s body, which had multiple wounds, was found facedown in his bedroom.

Pottinger, who was also a makeup artist and former model, gained additional fame as a judge on the Jamaican reality TV competition Make Me a Star.

In 2016, Pottinger headlined Jamaica’s Pride Week celebration, which was organized by J-FLAG, the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays.

“I hope that my participation will show members of J-FLAG that it is okay to come out in an atmosphere where there is no violence, realize that it’s your time to be part of the change—not just for the week but permanently as a part of the community,” he said. “It was hard for me as a youngster, but now my mother understands me more and my dad is cool, My siblings are also cool with me and my brother works with me.”

Kingston police have arrested a male suspect who is expected to be charged with the crime, the Jamaica Observer reports.

While homophobia and anti-gay violence are pervasive in Jamaica, initial reports do not indicate that as a motive in Pottinger’s murder. His missing vehicle was found abandoned miles away, and two iPhones were missing from the house.

Jamaica’s “anti-sodomy law,” a holdover from British rule, criminalizes gay sex. A 2006 Time article questioned if the island nation was “The Most Homophobic Place on Earth?”

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