Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gay Honduran Leader Visits SF:
Town Hall and Sat. Rally Planned

On behalf of Gays Without Borders, I've been working with other progressive activists organizing events and meetings with Erick Martinez, a gay and AIDS leader from Honduras. Three public events are on his schedule and I hope you'll come out to one or all of them and listen to what Erick has to say.

His California travel itinerary began last weekend in Los Angeles where he received a human rights advocacy award from the Federation of Gay Games, which paid for his airplane tickets. All of Erick's appearances in San Francisco are free or low-cost, but we'll be passing the hat for donations to cover local expenses and a portion of proceeds will go toward gay humanitarian work in Honduras.

If you can make only one event, attend the rally on Saturday in the Castro. We've got a great line up of speakers, singers and our emcee is man-of-many-talents Gary Virginia. Here's the scoop:
Erick Vidal Martinez is the 2nd openly gay candidate to run for Congress in Honduras. The first, Erick Martinez Avila, was assassinated in May, 2012, one of more than 70 LGBT activists who have been murdered in targeted killings since the 2009 coup against democratically elected president Manual Zelaya. 

Erick is a human rights trainer who helped found the Diversity Movement in Resistance. He is running as a candidate with the LIBRE Party, an electoral party that has grown out of the resistance movement to that coup.

Thursday, October 25 at 1 PM 
Brown Bag Lunch at Global Exchange 
2017 Mission St. (near 16th) 2nd Floor; Free

Friday, October 26 at 7 PM
Public Meeting at Eric Quezada Center 
518 Valencia St. (near 16th) $5-10 No one turned away 

Saturday, October 27 at 1 PM 
Rally at Harvey Milk Plaza, Castro and Market Streets

Join us to show the Honduran people we stand with them in their fight for democracy and freedom, against death squads and repression.

Sponsored by the Honduran Solidarity Network, the Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition/BALASC and Gays Without Borders. 

Endorsed by Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, Pride at Work, Task Force on the Americas, Global Exchange. 

Please join us!

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