Dexter Pottinger dead: Gay activist and face of Jamaica Pride found murdered in his home

Neighbours reported hearing screams in the early hours of Wednesday morning

Police found the flamboyant designer’s body in his home on Thursday
Police found the flamboyant designer’s body in his home on Thursday

A Jamaican gay activist dubbed “the face of Pride” has been found stabbed to death in his home, according to reports.

Dexter Pottinger, a fashion designer, was found dead on Thursday at his home in the Washington Gardens neighbourhood of Kingston.

There was blood “everywhere”, according to police officers quoted by the Jamaica Gleaner.

Neighbours reported hearing screams in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the paper said, but did not tell police about the disturbance, it was said.

Mr Pottinger became the face of Pride Week in 2016 in celebrations organised by the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG).

At the time he said: “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, realise that it’s your time to be part of the change—not just for the week but permanently as a part of the community.

“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.”

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