Jan 19, 2012

VIOLATIONS ARE UGLY IN HONDURAS: "Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights?"

Since the beginning of 2010, Honduras has tallied at least 62 homicides within the LGBT community, and some experts say the count may be far higher. Some victims have been mutilated and even burned.

¨From U.N. chambers to the halls of the State Department, global pressure on countries to protect the rights of homosexuals and transgender people is rising.

For Josue Hernandez, the new emphasis can't come fast enough.

The 33-year-old gay activist bears the scar of the bullet that grazed his skull in an attack a few years ago. He's moved the office of his advocacy group four times. Still, he feels hunted in what is arguably the most homophobic nation in the Americas.

"We are in a deplorable state," Hernandez said of homosexuals in Honduras. "When we walk the streets, people shout insults at us and throw rocks. Parents move their children away."

Three months ago, a U.N. report declared that discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people — or LGBT — violates core international human rights law. It listed nations where violations are most severe...¨ HERE

·  Thanks to LGBT Asylum News, sidebar
·  Thanks to The Department of State, The United States of America
·  Thanks to U.S. President Barack Obama
·  Thanks to U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said
·  Thanks to Tri-City Herald
·  Thanks to Tim Johnson

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