ADDED ON: 03/30/2019

LGBTI migrants from Central America find refuge in D.C.

03/28/2019 | Washington Blade

Méndez, a transgender woman from San Salvador, El Salvador, told that she and Rony Alexander, a gay man from Honduras’ Lempira department, became a couple when they arrived in D.C. earlier this month. Méndez also talked about the discrimination and violence she said she suffered in El Salvador because of her gender identity. “The truth is you cannot live in El Salvador like this,” she said as Rony Alexander listened. “You don’t have work opportunities. You don’t have opportunities to study. In my case the police bothered me a lot.” Méndez and Rony Alexander, who did not provide his last name, are two of the 15 LGBTI migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua who are seeking asylum in the U.S.

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