IDAHOT Report 2014: Honduras

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As in previous years, various events marked the IDAHOT in Honduras. Communities came together for a concert, public speeches and films, and also for a street parade against Homo-Lesbo-Transphobia. Activists drew attention to high rates of violence targeted at LGBT people, and took the opportunity to explore local histories of LGBT activism.

The organization Movimiento de Diversidad en Resistencia (MDR, Movement of Diversity in Resistance) organized a landmark concert in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to proclaim and demand respect for the rights of LGBT communities.

Street demonstration against Homo-Lesbo-Transfobia in Honduras, IDAHOT 2014.

The event took place on Saturday, May 31, in the public square known as the Redondel Artisans. It was attended by various public figures such as Honduran artist Coffee Guancasco, and feminist activist and singer songwriter, Karla Lara Nélson “Dog” Pavón, amongst others.
Besides music during the concert, and messages of support and from and for LGBT activists and human rights organizations, films were also screened.
“Homophobia NO, Socialism YES” – Activists take to the streets for IDAHOT 2014 in Honduras.

Another important activity was a street parade against Homophobia, Transphobia and Lesbophobia, in order to demand respect for human rights of all people and encourage LGBT people to denounce human rights abuses.
Another main purpose of the demonstration was for communities to raise their voices to stop violence and discrimination against LGBT people They also denounced the government for failure to address the high rate of homicide against LGBT communities in the country – which is one of the highest in the world, when corrected to population.
You can watch a video of the actions here:

Finally, the Following Rainbow Footsteps activity was another highlight this year, in which both LGBT communities and allies came together. The event was basically an LGBT-themed guided tour through various landmarks in the history of LGBT activism in the country.

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