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San Francisco Vigil for Honduran Gays and Democracy by Michael Petrelis

Today was inauguration day in Honduras, and Porfirio Lobo was sworn in as the country’s new President. To mark the occasion, gay and democracy advocates took to the street in solidarity with Hondurans. For two-hours this morning, 14 activists staged two vigils at the Honduran consulate in San Francisco’s historic Flood Building on Market Street.

The first vigil took place first, when five gay and HIV/AIDS activists went to the consulate’s office, only to find it closed for the special day. We spent half an hour in the hallway, talking with people from other offices on the 8th floor. We snapped a few pics and thought to leave a message for the workers, when they return tomorrow.

Our signs with Walter Trochez’s visage were taped to the consulate’s door, and a few were slipped under it. A small way to express our concern for the gay citizens of Honduras, especially those who’ve been murdered, and for the full protections of human rights protocols for all Hondurans.

The remainder of the morning was spent engaged in a vigil and flyer-distribution in front of the office building housing the consulate. Members of the Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition, BALASC, including several seniors born in Honduras whose families have suffered harms by rightwing forces over the years. Click here to learn more about the orgs that comprise BALASC, and its multi-faceted political agenda.

This Saturday, January 30, starting at 4 pm, BALASC is holding a town hall meeting with Jose Luis Baquedano, an Honduran labor and political leader active in anti-coup efforts. That meeting is at the Center for Political Education, located at 522 Valencia Street, between 16th and 17th Streets. Stop by to learn more about pro-gay and pro-democracy forces in Honduras.

And big thanks to all the wonderful folks who came out today, on just two-days’ notice, to stand in solidarity with gay people in Honduras, and that nation’s democracy.

Full article: San Francisco Vigil for Honduran Gays and Democracy by Michael Petrelis

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Photographs by Nicole Richwald

Sent by Chicago Rose:

Hi everyone,

Approximately 200 people participated at some point to the demo today, during a Berlin cold snap -10 degrees celsius. The demo started in front the Department of Foreign Affairs (German State Department) and moved through the main streets during rush hour, escorted by a LGBTI drum choir yelling, “STOP HOMOPHOBIA!” Hundreds of flyers were handed out to the bystanders calling for an end to the human rights violations in Honduras and non-recognition of the government which takes office January 27th.

The German Green Party and the Linke (Left party) were present with representatives. The demands from our rally were handed over to the FDP party personnel after we arrived in front of the office.

The spirits and camaraderie was high, the activists, some with possible frost bite made their voices heard and we will continue to do so.

Feel free to distribute the photos.

I look forward to seeing the US demo fotos and videos!

Watch the youtube.com/eriksherwood for upcoming video of the demo.

In solidarity,

Liebe Grüßen / Take care…

Chicago Rose
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Photographs by Erik Sherwood

See also: Walter Tróchez Queer Alliance: Demo in Berlin – 26 January 2010 – Rally & Vigil – San Francisco – Washington – Los Angeles

The “Walter Tróchez Queer Alliance” in Berlin is a grass roots group comprising of LGBTI and friends human rights activist. Our goals are: to call world attention to the dreadful situation in Honduras, raise awareness of the human rights violations and support the local LGBTI community, and prevent the establishment of a non-democratic government.

We are angry about the human rights violations in Honduras and we are saddened by the news of Walter’s death. We are concerned about German independent and local press reports that the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, a German foundation for liberal politics, which is related to a major German elected party – the German Liberal Party “FDP”, justified the coup d’état and acknowledges the authority and credibility of the current Honduran administration. The head of the FDP party is also the Minister of Foreign Department, Guido Westerwelle. We call for a thorough investigation regarding the relationship between the German FDP, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and its support of the coup d’état.

Aufruf zu Kundgebung und Demonstration: Dienstag, 26.01.2010

15:00 Kundgebung der Honduras-Koordination vor dem Auswärtigen Amt, Werderscher Markt 1:

„Keine Anerkennung für den Staatsstreich in Honduras“

16:00 Demonstration des Queeren Bündnisses Walter Tróchez, vom Auswärtigen Amt zur FDP-Zentrale, Reinhardtstr. 14

„Gegen homo- und transphobe Gewalt in Honduras und weltweit!“

Wir, das Queere Bündnis Walter Tróchez, sind entsetzt über den Mord an dem schwulen LGBTI*- und Menschenrechtsaktivisten Walter Tróchez. Seit dem Militärputsch vom 28.6.2009 sind viele weitere Transgender, Schwule und Gegner_innen der Putschregierung ermordet worden. Unsere Solidarität und unser Mitgefühl gelten den Familienangehörigen und Freund_innen der Ermordeten. Auch wenn homo- und transphobe Gewalt in Honduras schon vor dem Putsch nicht unbekannt war, so hat doch erst der Putsch diese aktuelle Welle der Gewalt und Rechtlosigkeit in Gang gesetzt.

Wir sind empört über die Aktivitäten der deutschen FDP und ihrer politischen Stiftung, der Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung. Der Leiter des Hondurasbüros der Naumann-Stiftung, Christian Lüth, hat den Putsch von Anfang an gerechtfertigt und verharmlost. Gemeinsam sind sie bereit, die demokratische Fassade zu akzeptieren, die sich die Putschisten mit der Wahlfarce vom 29. November geben wollten, um den Putsch nachträglich zu legitimieren. Dass sich die Menschenrechtssituation in Honduras nicht verbessert, zeigt sich schon darin, dass die Putschisten sich nun selbst mit einem Amnestiegesetz vor strafrechtlicher Verfolgung schützen wollen.

Anders als FDP und Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung werden wir das nicht hinnehmen, denn Menschenrechte sind unteilbar.

Deshalb fordern wir:

1. Unterstützung der honduranischen Menschenrechtsaktivist_innen und LGBTI*! Gegen homo- und transphobe Gewalt in Honduras und weltweit!

2. Keine Anerkennung der unter undemokratischen Verhältnissen zustande gekommenen Wahl von Porfirio Lobo, dessen Amtseinführung für den 27.1. 2010 vorgesehen ist – weder durch die deutsche Bundesregierung noch durch die EU!

3. Sofortige Aufklärung der seit dem 28.6.2009 in Honduras verübten Verbrechen!

4. Beendigung der Zusammenarbeit von FDP und Naumann-Stiftung mit den Putschisten und ihren Verbündeten!

*LGBTI = Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans* and Intersexuals

Türkçe:

Yürüyüşe ve Eyleme Davet: 26 Ocak, Salı günü

15:00 Honduras Koordinasyon’unun Eylemi (Dışişleri Bakanlığı, Werderscher Markt 1):

«Honduras’taki Darbenin Kabul Edilecek Yanı Yok!»

16:00 Walter Tróchez Eşcinseller İttifakının Yürüyüşü (Dışişleri Bakanlığı’ndan FDP parti merkezine, Reinhardtstr. 14):

«Honduras’ta ve Bütün Dünyada Eşcinsel Düşmanı Saldırılara Son!»

İnsanhakları ve LGBTI* aktivisti eşcinsel Walter Tróchez’in öldürülmesi, bizi Walter Tróchez Eşcinseller İttifakı olarak dehşete düşürmüştür. Cuntaya karşı çıkan birçok kişi gibi, 28 Haziran 2009 darbesinden sonra birçok eşcinsel ve trans kimlikli insan öldürüldü. Honduras’ta homofobik ve transfobik saldırılar darbeden önce de bilinirken, darbeyle başlayan süreç şiddeti ve haksızlıkları artırdı. Öldürülen bireylerin yakınlarına ve arkadaşlarına başsağlığı diler, dayanışmamızın onlarla olduğunu bildiririz.

Bu bağlamda, Almanya Hür Demokrat Partisi FDP’nin ve parti vakfı Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung’un etkinlikleri bizi rahatsız etmektedir. Nauman-Stiftung’un Honduras büro başkanı Christian Lüth, darbeyi başından itibaren meşrulaştırıp darbecileri masumlaştırmaktadır. Darbeyi sonradan meşrulaştırmak için düzenlenen 29 Kasım seçimleri ilkel bir oyunken, vakfın sonuçları kabul etmesi, demokrat bir görünüş sergilemek isteyen darbecilerin ekmeğine yağ sürmek olmuştur. İnsan hakları ihlallerinin devam ettiği, darbecilerin ceza kanunundan kaçabilmek için kendilerine çıkardığı af yasasından dahi görülebilmektedir.

Biz, bu olayları FDP ve Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung gibi kabul etmeyeceğiz, insan hakları evrenseldir!

İsteklerimiz

1. Honduras insan hakları ve LGBTI* aktivistlerine acil destek olunmalı, Honduras’ta ve bütün dünyada eşcinsel düşmanı saldırılara son verilmelidir!

2. Demokratik olmayan yollarla Porfirio Lobo’yu iktidara getirecek seçim sonuçları kabul edilemez! Yemin töreni 27 Ocak 2010’da gerçekleşecek olan Lobo, ne Almanya hükümeti ne de Avrupa Birliği tarafından desteklenmelidir!

3. 28 Haziran 2009’dan sonra işlenen cinayetlerin failleri derhal bulunmalıdır!

4. FDP ve Naumann-Stiftung’un darbecilerle ve işbirlikçileriyle ortak çalışmaları derhal son bulmalıdır!

Queer demonstration for human rights and LGBTI *- in Honduras

4 pm In front of the Foreign Office, Werderscher 1 then to FDP party headquarters (following the rally of the Honduras Cordination at 3pm)

Kidnapping, arrest and the murder of human rights activists increased since the military coup in Honduras. Among them was Walter Tróchez, who was shot from a vehicle and later died in the hospital on December 13 2009. Tróchez was a victim of harassment and death threats prior to his murder. One such case occurred on July 20th 2009, which he was beaten up by police while in custody, and insulted about his sexual orientation after he attended a human rights rally against the military coup. Tróchez lead the fight for legal protection for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans and intersex as well dedicated himself for education about HIV and AIDS.

He took a stand against the killing of many transgender people and gay men since the military coup. Although the situation for LGBTI in Honduras was dire, it became life-threatening after the coup. Everyday life became brutal through increased military presence and increased power for right-wing political groups and religious fundamentalist. The crimes committed since the military coup, some sanctioned by national institutions through the police and military will go unpenalized and receive amnesty. The perpetrator will go free.

The de facto government will go into office on January 27th with their “President” Porfirio Lobo. We fear the recognition of Lobos by the German federal government. We carry the torch of Walter Tróchez and hope that our actions will help our LGBTI friends in Honduras.

For more information, see the attached detailed press release.
For questions please contact: Chicago Rose +49 (0)30 57 70 84 86

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SGN: US Meets Gay Hondurans Over Walter Trochez Murder by Michael Petrelis

Spread the word: D.C. rally & vigil Wednesday

http://quotha.net/node/714

Mon, 01/25/2010 – 11:34 — AP

Walter Trochez Queer Alliance Rally & Vigil
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
In front of the U.S. State Department, 23rd St. between C & D Streets NW
Facebook event here.

TWO rallies at the State Department on the occasion of the inauguration of Pepe Lobo, the new face of the Honduran dictatorship:
8-9am (for those of you who work 9-5)
1-2pm (to catch press at daily briefing)
…and if you have any time between 9 and 1, join us in a small quiet vigil demanding respect for the human rights of members of the LGBTI communities and for all in Honduras.

Berlin, DC, SF: Protests This Week Over Gay Honduran Assassinations

On January 27, Honduras will inaugurate Porfirio Lobo as the new President of the country, and gays in three cities will mark the occasion demonstrating on behalf of human rights protections for LGBT people and pro-democracy forces in Honduras. Since the military coup of June 29, 2009, many other transgender and gay people as well as opponents of the coup government have been murdered. Our solidarity and compassion go to the family members and friends of those murdered.

Gay activists are particularly concerned that no has been arrested and charged with the assassination of Walter Trochez, a 26-year-old gay man and HIV/AIDS advocate, killed on December 13, who worked with human rights organizations against the coup leaders.

Here is the information for the actions this week. Activists will share images of the protests shortly after they occur:

Berlin, Germany
Date: Tuesday, January 26
Time: 3 pm
Action: Rally in front of the Foreign Office
Location: Werderscher Markt 1

San Francisco, California
Date: Wednesday, January 27
Action: Meeting at Honduran consulate
Location: 870 Market Street

Washington, DC
Date: Wednesday, January 27
Action: Picket and speak out at U.S. State Department
Location: 2201 C Street NW

Gay and human rights activists in other cities are encourage to stage similar public actions this week in solidarity with LGBT and pro-democracy citizens in Honduras. A list of Honduran embassies around the world can be found here:
http://www.embassiesabroad.com/embassies-of/Honduras

And the locations of Honduran consulates in the United States are posted here:
http://honduras.visahq.com/embassy/United-States/

The organizers of the actions in Berlin, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, are making the following demands:

  1. An independent investigation into the murder of gay and HIV/AIDS activist Walter Trochez, and full prosecution of those responsible for his death.
  2. The support of Honduran human rights activists and the LGBTI* community against homophobic and transphobic violence in Honduras and throughout the world.
  3. The non-recognition of President-elect Porfirio Lobo, elected under undemocratic circumstances, whose inauguration is scheduled to take place on January 27, 2010 – by the U.S. government!
  4. The termination of the cooperation of the U.S. Government with the plebiscite government and coup d’état allies.

Please support and participate in the upcoming demonstrations, or plan your own!

Call to rally in Los Angeles (see below)

> When: 1/27/10
> Where: Honduran Consulate/Consulado General de Honduras en Los Ángeles
> 3550 Wilshire Blvd., Los Ángeles, CA 90010
> Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Colleagues, friends, and comrades,

Walter Trochez, a well-known LGBT activist in Honduras who was an active member of the National Resistance Front against the coup d’etat there, was assassinated on December 13. Trochez, who had already been arrested and beaten for his sexual orientation after participating in a march against the coup, had been very active recently in documenting homophobic crimes committed by the forces behind the coup.
American University Assistant Professor of Anthropology Adrienne Pine has translated into English on her blog a statement about the Trochez murder by the Centro de Investigación y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CIPRODEH — the Center for the Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights in Honduras), which you can find here:

http://quotha.net/node/629

She has also translated a moving statement about the Trochez murder from the influential youth organization Los Necios, which is here:

http://quotha.net/node/631
Adrienne e-mailed me that “Walter has been one of the most important figures in the LGBT community in Honduras for years. Unfortunately, most of what’s written about him is in Spanish. A volunteer is translating one of his last open letters to the resistance condemning the large number of targeted political assassinations of members of the LGBT community since the coup, which I am pasting below (in case you read Spanish). That letter will be available in English on my website by tomorrow.” For more info, contact Adrienne Pine at pine@american.edu
Amnesty International has issued a statement calling for an investigation of the murder, which you can read here:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/honduras-full-and-prompt-investigation-needed-death-human-rights-campaig
More in Spanish on Trochez’ assassination at:

http://www.kaosenlared.net/noticia/110695/honduras-tantas-veces-mataron-tantas-veces-mori-walter-trochez-present
and there are several news articles in Spanish available on Google News.
Trochez’s November 19 e-mail on LGBT assassinations in Honduras since the coup, in Spanish, is below.

Doug Ireland

El 16 de noviembre de 2009 13:44, Walter Trochez escribió:

Incremento de los crímenes de odio y homofobia hacia la Comunidad LGTTB a raíz del golpe de Estado cívico- religioso-militar en Honduras

El golpe de Estado cívico-militar sucedido en Honduras el 28 de junio pasado ha dado un vuelco brutal a la nueva perspectiva que se había abierto en el siglo XXI en América Latina. En efecto, la región estuvo sellada en los últimos diez años por la instauración de gobiernos de diferentes características cuyo denominador común es que significaron un cambio de rumbo respecto de las políticas neoliberales que alcanzaron su apogeo en la región en la última década del siglo XX. En muchos casos la forma parlamentaria asumida por los gobiernos de la región enmascaró hasta cierto punto la continuidad e identidad de las políticas sociales y económicas del neoliberalismo con las instauradas en la época de las dictaduras militares. La situación en Honduras vuelve a hacer manifiesta esa indisociabilidad entre las políticas sociales y económicas neoliberales y los intereses a cuyo servicio se perpetraron los crímenes de lesa humanidad por gobiernos de facto.

También vuelve a hacer manifiesto un dato más o menos disimulado por la retórica del “consenso” y la “tolerancia” a que se pretendió reducir la noción de democracia en el período subsiguiente a las dictaduras militares y guerras civiles que devastaron la región: no sólo la persistencia sino el rearme de los sectores civiles que recurrieron en otra etapa a las fuerzas armadas y de seguridad para imponer sus intereses, y que ahora combinan hábilmente su adaptación a los procedimientos democráticos con la conocida prepotencia e ilegalidad con que se imponen a poblaciones seminermes, semi cómplices. Sin ir más lejos, no es difícil ver en las fuerzas que sacaron ventaja en las elecciones legislativas en Argentina el mismo 28 de junio el apoyo, en algunos casos explícito, al golpe de Estado en Honduras, y una comunidad de intereses con el empresariado, las corporaciones mediáticas y la Iglesia Catolica y Evangélica que lo promovieron. A nuestros efectos es de destacar el explícito apoyo de la cúpula religiosa de Honduras al golpe cívico militar que el 28 de junio de 2009 impidió la realización de un plebiscito organizado por el gobierno legitomo constitucional y colocó en el Poder Ejecutivo a el Dictador Roberto y Micheletti.

Un comunicado de la Conferencia Episcopal de Honduras, firmado por los once obispos de la Iglesia Católica, justifica con supuestos fundamentos constitucionales el secuestro, la transitoria desaparición y expulsión del país del presidente constitucional: “las instituciones del Estado democrático hondureño están en vigencia y sus ejecutorias en materia jurídico-legal han sido apegadas a derecho…”. Además define la situación actual como “nuevo punto de partida para el diálogo, el consenso y la reconciliación…” Por otra parte, en consonancia con la reacción y declaraciones de los movimientos sociales, especialmente LGTTB, campesinos, indígenas, del país, no se hicieron esperar las reacciones de las distintas organizaciones, Lésbicas, Gay, Bisexuales, Transexuales, Travestis (LGTTB), organizaciones, redes y movimientos juveniles, organizaciones Afrodecendientes,organizaciones de mujeres, activistas y defensores de derechos humanos, organizaciones y redes de derechos humanos condenando el golpe de Estado y llamando a la solidaridad regional e internacional con el Estado de derecho y con las víctimas de la represión del gobierno de facto.

Las organizaciones, redes y movimientos LGTTB en resistencia por ejemplo; condenan “el golpe político militar contra el estado de Honduras con el apoyo financiero de los empresarios de la ultraderecha latinoamericana y norteamericana, la promoción de las corporaciones mediáticas nacionales, la protección del Ombudsman mercantilista Ramón Custodio del Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humano de Honduras (CONADEH) y la bendición de las Iglesias católica y evangélica” atraves de sus máximos representantes como es el mismo Cardemal Oscar Andres Rodríguez,monseñor Darwin Andino, Pasquel Rodríguez, Monseñor Garachana de la diócesis de San Pedro Sula, el pastor Oswaldo Canales actualmente presidente del Consejo Nacional Anticorrupción CNA, el pastor Evelio Pistero de la Iglesia Vida y pisto Abundante, el Pastor René Peñalba y el pastor Alberto Solórzano y los ancianos cofundadores de la Iglesia Evangélica CCI . Expresan su “apoyo irrestricto al regreso del orden constitucional en Honduras que pasa por la restauración de la democracia”, y exige “el cese de la represión que vivimos las y los activistas y defensores de derechos humanos, las organizaciones que nos manifestamos contra el golpe por parte de los cuerpos militares y policiales retirados responsables de los desaparecidos y desaparecidas de la década del 80 en Honduras comandados por el asesino Billy Joya.

“Por su parte la Asociación LGTTB Arcoiris y el Colectivo TTT de la Ciudad de San Pedro Sula, activistas y defensores de derechos humanos, denuncian que desde el pasado 29 de junio del año en curso horas anteriores que se había generado el Golpe de Estado se incrementaron los crimes de odio y Homofobia promovidos por la Cupula Religiosa Hondureña en complicidad con los Grupos Opresores como son la Fuerzas Armadas, la Secretaria Nacional de Seguridad, la Empresa Privada, los Grupos Próvida, el Opus Dei, Estos delitos ponen una vez más en evidencia los altos niveles de odio, estigma y discriminación contra personas de la diversidad sexual, lo que llamamos, homofobia, lesbofobia, bifobia, y sobre todo transfobia, de los que somos objetos las personas que tenemos una orientación sexual o identidad de género diferente a la del patrón de la norma heterosexual. En la ocasión de la pérdida de dos amigas más esta última semana, reiteramos que NO es ACEPTABLE que en estos últimos 4 meses, durante un tan corto periodo, hayan muerto de forma violenta cruel e inhumana 9 compañeras trans y compañeros gay, 6 de ellas/os en el sector de San Pedro Sula y 3 en la ciudad de Tegucigalpa”.

Las y los mártires de la Comunidad LGTTB.

1. Viki Hernández 29 de junio, San Pedro Sula
2. Martina Jackson 30 de junio, Choloma
3. Fabio Zamora 05 de julio, Tegucigalpa
4. Héctor Maradiaga 11 de agosto, Tegucigalpa
5. Michelle Torres 30 de agosto, San Pedro Sula
6. Salomé Miranda 20 de septiembre, Choloma
7. Saira Salmerón 20 de septiembre, Choloma
8. Marión Lanza 09 de octubre, Tegucigalpa
9. Montserrat Maradiaga 11 de octubre, San Pedro Sula.

“Sépanlo bien: ni los corrompidos (corruptos) ni los impuros, ni los explotadores y explotadoras, que sirven al dios Dinero, tendrán parte en el reino de Cristo y de Dios”.

“Como revolucionario, estaré hoy, mañana y siempre en las primeras filas de mi pueblo, aún estando consiente que se nos podrá ir la vida”.

Walter Orlando Trochez
Activista y Defensor de los Derechos Humanos de Honduras Y Latinoamérica sector (VIH y Sida, LGTTB, Juventud y Adolescencia, Niñez)

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