Honduras

Male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Honduras, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples. Both same-sex marriages and adoption by same-sex couples have been constitutionally banned since 2005. The Constitution stipulates that citizens have the right to establish and associate with political parties and interest groups,yet initial efforts to register a LGBT-rights group have been met with government opposition or extended delay.

 

Legislation

Male to male relationships: Legal

Punishments for male to male relationships: No law

Female to female relationships: Legal

Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals

More on the law of Honduras at ilga.org

 

Legal incidents and social climate

On December 22, 2011 in Comayagüela, a 23-year-old travesti named Lorenza whose legal name is Luis Alexis Alvarado Hernández was found dead. Her body visibly beaten and burned. Bloody stones near her corpse indicate that the bruises covering her body were caused by stoning, and her body had been set on fire. Used condoms found nearby have fueled the suspicion that she was also raped. After her death, the assailants threw her body into a ditch. News reports indicate that severe injuries to her face rendered her corpse virtually unrecognizable.

 

The same day, another travesti, Lady Oscar — whose legal name was Oscar Martinez Salgado — age 45, was found burned to death in her home in Tegucigalpa’s Barrio El Rincón. Her body showed multiple stab wounds. Neighbors reported witnessing two suspicious individuals running from her house as the fire ignited.

 

Less than two weeks later, on January 2, a young travesti known only as Cheo was found murdered on the main street of Colonia Alameda in Tegucigalpa. There was no identification on her when her body was found. She appears to have died from a severe stab wound to her chest.

 

Honduras’ best-known LGBT leader, 27-year-old Walter Trochez, was assassinated by state security forces in December 2009 for having launched a public campaign calling attention to the wave of anti-gay murders, which began following the June 2009 coup d’etat that overthrew the constitutionally-elected left-wing Honduran president, Manuel Zelaya. (Source: http://wglb-tv.blogspot.com)

 

 

More on the social climate for LGBT people in Honduras in this Human Rights Watch document from 2010.

 

LGBT organizations/networks

The Honduras state have apparently granted legal recognition to three LGBT organizations in 2004, but none was found as of July 2012.

 

Conventions

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