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U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa Hosts Activities and Speaker to Commemorate International Day against Homophobia

The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa hosted a May 16-20, 2010 visit of U.S.-based lawyer and activist Daniel Torres in commemoration of the International Day against Homophobia on May 17.  Torres is staff attorney at the Immigration Legal Resource Center, where he works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and immigrant communities.

The visit of Dan Torres was organized with the goal of raising awareness about homophobia and the violence that is suffered by members of the LGBT community both in Honduras and the United States.  Torres spoke about his own journey as a gay lawyer in the United States defending victims of crime and assisting young LGBT Latino youth.  Torres also listened to the experiences of local LGBT communities and shared strategies on how to raise awareness about the issue of violence against members of the LGBT community in Honduras.

The LGBT community is a vulnerable community in Honduras, as was documented by a May 2009 report by Human Rights Watch.  However, following the June 2009 coup d’etat, there was further erosion in the protection of the LGBT community and other vulnerable groups.  This and other human rights violations were documented in the 2009 Department of State Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Honduras.