ADDED ON: 08/15/2018

In Haiti, Slight Progress for LGBT Rights Seen as Victory

08/14/2018 | Voice of America

Yaisah Val recently came out publicly as a transgender woman on YouTube, a potentially risky move in a country like Haiti where LGBT residents face pervasive hostility in most spheres of public life. Two proposed anti-LGBT laws are pending in Parliament. The major churches are firm in their condemnation of homosexuality. Gay Haitians are frequent targets of attacks and harassment, and police are often unsympathetic to victims of anti-gay violence. “We told my family beforehand,” Val told The Associated Press of her decision to come out. “And they said, ‘You’re going to be stoned.’” Instead, Val says she’s developed a supportive fan base — many of them straight people and mothers who gratefully view her as a role model for their transgender daughters.

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