LGBT Hondurans march against hate

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05/23/2019

I traveled to Honduras last week to document violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Violence abounds, according to Honduran LGBT activists, but there are also plenty of stories of courage, pride, and resistance. These stories echoed through the streets of the capital Tegucigalpa last Friday when some 350 Hondurans marched towards the city’s main square to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). The most common demands, in addition to an end to violence? The legal recognition of trans peoples’ gender identity, and ending prohibitions on marriage and adoption for same-sex couples. Activists are working to bring about change in several ways. In March 2018, Indyra Mendoza, coordinator of Lesbian Network CATTRACHAS, filed a petition before the Supreme Court challenging the state’s failure to establish a process by which trans people can change their name and gender on official documents.

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