Erick Vidal Martinez, a human rights worker at the Center for Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights (CIPRODEH) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will talk about the deplorable conditions facing the LGBTTI community post the 2009 coup d’état. Learn about responses to the coup by the LGBTTI community, the organizing of the Movement of Diversity in Resistance (MDR), part of a social movement in Resistance to the coup. Currently Erick is only the second openly gay candidate to run for Congress in Honduras under the new party LIBRE.
Since the 2009 coup, d’état against Manuel Zelaya in Honduras there have been over political 200 murders of those there have been over 82 murders of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex individuals. Many cases are never investigated nor prosecuted. The alarming Human Rights situation has escalated to what many scholars are calling a ‘social cleansing.’ To be Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Intersex in post coup Honduras means to face death, torture and persecution. But, is there hope?