Mass arrest at LGBTQ club in Venezuela prompts outcry over discrimination

 | 
08/10/2023

It was an otherwise ordinary night at the Avalon Club, a bar and sauna popular with the LGBTQ community in Valencia, Venezuela’s third-largest city. Music was playing, drinks were flowing and guests were enjoying the accommodations, which included a restaurant, smoking room and massage parlour. But that evening, on July 23, police would burst into the club, propelling the venue and its patrons into the national spotlight — and sparking questions about LGBTQ discrimination in Venezuela. Patrons would later recount how the police arrived shouting, “Hands up!” “I was having a drink with some of my best friends,” one guest, Ivan Valera, later told local media. “I thought it was a joke.” But the officers proceeded to round up the 33 men in the establishment and hold them in the sauna’s locker rooms.

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 07/17/2024
07/16/2024
The Tel Aviv City Council has approved a proposal by council member Reut Nagar to consider allocating part of the city’s affordable housing project …
Added on: 07/17/2024
07/16/2024
David Omarov, a native of Turkmenistan, says he was arrested and tortured there for being gay — a crime under the country’s repressive regime. …
Added on: 07/17/2024
07/16/2024
California has enacted a landmark law banning schools from outing LGBTQ+ students to their parents or guardians, becoming the first state to ban forced …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from ,

Added on: 07/07/2024
It was an attack that sent shockwaves through a country long considered a pioneer in LGBTQ rights. In the early hours of May 6, …
Added on: 07/04/2024
In the face of Cameroon‘s criminalization of LGBTQ+ relationships, the daughter of the nation’s president has come out. Brenda Biya, daughter of President Paul Biya, revealed in …
Added on: 06/30/2024
“Visibility” is a word that permeates the history of the LGBTQIA+ struggle in Brazil. Not even during the most violent and authoritarian times—such as …