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Coming Out
First broadcast July 2007

Man with head in his hands

Homosexuality is one of the world's biggest taboos.

It has led to riots in Russia, huge splits in the Anglican Church, and was a large factor in the re-election of President Bush.

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe famously proclaimed that homosexuals were "worse than pigs and dogs."

Now in the first of two programmes, Clare English explores what it is like to be gay and asks why some societies are more tolerant than others.

Part One: Jamaica

Jamaica is a very homophobic country.

There have been calls for a gay eradication day, mob violence towards homosexual people is tolerated by the police, and there is a lot of ignorance and fear.

Gay rights are not on the agenda and are unlikely to be in the future. As a result, many homosexuals stay firmly in the closet.

But what happens when people choose to come out under such hostile social circumstances?

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