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Gender & Sexual Solidarity: News & Updates
October 15, 2015
assassination of two LGBT rights advocates and members of Association for a Better Life (APUVIMEH) (Gloria Carolina Hernández Vásquez and Jorge Alberto Castillo) and patterns of intimidation by police against other APUVIMEH members (Sandra Zambrano, Cristian Daniel Cortes Sagastume, Silvio Gerardo Artola, Carlos Alberto Cardona Varela)
September 24, 2015
assassination of three LGBT rights advocates (Violeta R., Angy Ferreira, Juan Carlos Cruz Andara), threats against six, and attacks on four over the past five months.
August 15, 2015
killing of two (unnamed) transgender women in Cali, Valle del Cauca Dept., and the injuries of a third woman; 15 killings of transwomen have been documented in Colombia this year, including four in Cali.
June 13, 2015
assassination of transwoman and human rights defender of the LGBTI community Francela Méndez Rodriguez and her friend Consuelo Flores in Sonsonate
April 11, 2015
death threats to Esdra Yaveth Sosa Sierra, Director of Asociación Arcoíris, an LGBT rights organization in Tegucigalpa
SINCE THE SPRING OF 2019, IRTF HAS...
IRTF has given dozens of presentations and workshops for community groups, congregations, high school and college classes, clubs, and organizations.
IRTF has organized 11 events for our community--from cozy “coffeehouses” to the Social Justice and Fair Trade Teach-Ins with hundreds of attendees.
Through these events and presentations, we have been fortunate to share our values with 3,199 people (just in the past year), 1,209 of whom engaged with IRTF for the first time!
For the people of Colombia and Central America, normal means extreme inequality, suppression of workers’ rights, and crackdowns on civil liberties.
Normal means catastrophic climate shocks like prolonged droughts that destroy land and the subsistence livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of campesinos.
Take 2 steps for peace in Colombia
Advocates have said that being LGBTQ substantially increases vulnerability to violence, with transgender individuals facing the highest risk. Neither El Salvador, Honduras, or Guatemala have laws protecting people from violence or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. For this reason we have seen many LGBTQI individuals make the difficult choice to migrate. This report explores the exacerbated risks that LGBTQI individuals face in their home countries, along the path of migration, and especially within U.S. immigration detention camps.