Thursday, June 28, 2012

June 28 Vigils for Gay Hondurans:
Boston, DC, LA, NY & San Francisco 

Today is the third anniversary of the coup in Honduras and LGBT and progressive activists are staging vigils and protests across the country. Actions are taking place in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC. Additional events are scheduled for Phoenix tomorrow and in Tuscon on Saturday.

You can find the time and location details for all actions at the Honduras Solidarity Network site.

I want to share the info for tonight's action in my city, and I'm hoping to get to it and show my solidarity with the LGBT people of Honduras and all those fighting for democracy in that country.

The San Francisco action is from 5pm to 7 pm at the BART station plaza located at 24th and Mission Streets. I spoke with one of the organizers, Charlie Hinton, about why this spot was chosen instead of the Honduran consulate in the Flood Building on Market Street.

Hinton said last year's vigil was in front of the consulate and organizers this year opted to reach out to the Latino and LGBT communities in the heart of the Mission district. You can read Hinton's essay urging participation in the vigil here.

Honduran advocates report that at least seventy-seven lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons have been murdered, including many whose deaths were political assassinations. One of the gay dead is Walter Trochez, pictured, and Gays Without Borders in San Francisco have held vigils for him at the Honduran consulate to demand that his killer be brought to justice.

There have been no arrests for the death of Trochez, a bloody stain of outrage and injustice on the Honduran government's hands.

Please attend one of the vigils.

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