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ADDED ON: 11/18/2021

LGBT Youth Find Refuge at Church-run Shelter in El Salvador

11/17/2021 | South Florida Gay News

(WB) LGBT youth in El Salvador frequently face violence in their families and communities, and this abuse often happens with impunity. Many of these community members have either fled their homes or have been kicked out of them because they are not accepted for who they are. A shelter that supports this vulnerable population has opened. The Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador in 2009 created its Sexual Diversity Ministry, a pastoral mission that brings together LGBT people and their communities. The ministry has become a space in which everyone can live their faith free of discrimination. Hogar Santa Marta opened in August, and is one of the ministry’s initiatives. Bishop Juan David Alvarado of the Anglican Episcopal Church of El Salvador told the Washington Blade this project responds to human needs, especially when there is so much injustice. He said the shelter is a temporary home for young people as they work to solve their problems or find a way to better themselves. “We as a church wanted to give an answer to LGBTQ people who have suffered human rights violations,” said Alvarado.

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