Milwaukee, Feb. 6: Honduran LGBT activist Jose “Pepe” Palacios Lecture

7 p.m.    Wednesday,   February 6,  2013

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

1110 N Market Street – 2nd floor

Courtyard entrance

Hear leading Honduran LGBT activist Jose “Pepe” Palacios give an eyewitness account of his movement and the challenges it faces. Palacios is a founding member of the Honduran LGBT group, Diversity Movement in Resistance (MDR), and a member of the steering committee of the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP). Included in the program will be a short film of masked gunman firing at a human rights delegation to the country this past September.

Following a 2009 U.S.-supported coup in Honduras, the country won the dubious distinction of having the highest murder rate in the world. Coup supporters used the overthrow of the elected government to settle scores against social justice  movements and the poor.

Contrary to stereotypes about predominately Roman Catholic countries, Honduras has a vibrant Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) movement which is among the leading forces organizing against the coup regime. LGBT communities there have joined indigenous peoples, African descendants, farmers, teachers, women, students, and trade unionists in numerous, massive, non-violent street demonstrations of resistance.

Since the coup, 87 LGBT Hondurans – including top leaders like Walter Trochez and LIBRE candidate Erick Martinez Avila – have been murdered in a systematic campaign of targeted hate crimes and political assassination.  In the run up to this November’s first contested election since the coup, many fear that the violence and hate crimes will get even worse.  As recently as January 13, 2013, Erik Vidal Martinez, a leader and defender of LGBTQ rights was unlawfully detained and assaulted by Honduran national police.

Cosponsored by: Milwaukee LGBT Community Center – Anti-Violence Program, Latin America Solidarity Committee, Peace Action Milwaukee & Honduras Solidarity Network.  For more information email:  Babette Grunow babette37@sbcglobal.net or Anne David adavid@mkelgbt.or.

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