ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

The Escalating Violence Against LGBT People in Honduras

09/24/2018 | Daily Xtra

In the village of Guasculile, north of Honduras’ capital city of Tegucigalpa, a man was found dead — he was strangled. Less than a year before his death, in 2011, the same Honduran man, LGBT activist and journalist, Erick Martínez Ávila wrote in a blog post, “The history of the LGTB community has been written with blood, bravery, and suffering.” Ávila’s murder was one of almost 300 violent LGBT deaths reported over the last eight years in a country with just over nine million people, according to the LGBT human rights organization Amnesty International. More than half of those killed were gay men and almost a third were transgender people. According to the report released by the Human Rights Watch in 2017, many more deaths go unreported. These deaths make Honduras among the seven most dangerous countries to be LGBT as well the world’s most treacherous place to be an environmental rights defender.

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