Thursday, January 28, 2010

Trans/Gay Picket at U.S. State Dept
Over Honduran Murders

Adrienne Pine is the Latin American democracy activist who helped organize the DC component to this week's actions by gays and trans people over recent murders of gays in Honduras. She has posted pics from the January 27 early afternoon protest at the entrance to the U.S. State Department in Washington, where a dozen activists held a vigil and waved signs for an hour.

Key to organizing the action were members of the DC Trans Coalition, which posted a comprehensive rallying cry for the January 27 demonstration. Check out their site and much gratitude to the trans organizers for the successful action. Big thanks to all who made it happen.

Adrienne sent along some thoughts on our actions in Berlin, DC, and San Francisco:

It sounds like the State Department is hearing these protests, given the lip service they've been giving to LGBTI human rights. I think it's up to us to remind them that the LGBTI community in Honduras is not just fighting to protect themselves, but rather is leading a resistance movement against an Opus Dei military dictatorship that puts people in any non-normative category at risk, a resistance they are particularly suited to lead because they know and understand the threat more immediately than almost anyone else in Honduras. It's not a fight for security; it's a fight for real democracy.

Here are the pics from Wednesday's DC protest:

Activists stand vigil at the entrance to the U.S. State Department. The woman second from the left, holds a sign with a photo of Walter Trochez.

Also at the entrance, protesting for LGBT Hondurans and against the new president, Porfirio Lobo.

Opposite the entrance, activists attracting attention.

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