LGBT Resistance to Violence in Honduras: Pepe Palacios in Chicago!
Contrary to stereotypes about predominately Roman Catholic countries, Honduras has a vibrant Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) movement which works among the leading forces organizing against the coup regime. LGBTs there have joined indigenous peoples, African descendants, farmers, teachers, women, students, and trade unionists in numerous, massive, nonviolent street demonstrations of resistance.
Since the coup, 87 LGBT Hondurans - including top leaders like Walter Trochez and LIBRE candidate Erick Martinez Avila - have been murdered in a systematic campaign of targeted hate crimes and political assassination. In the run up to this November's first contested election since the coup, many fear that the violence will get even worse.
Jose "Pepe" Palacios is a founding member of the Diversity Movement in Resistance (MDR), an organization of leaders in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Honduras and a member of the steering committee of the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP). Come hear this leading Honduran LGBT activist give his eyewitness account of his movement and the challenges it faces.
The event will take place on Wednesday, January 30th at 6 PM at DePaul University's Lincoln Park Campus: Arts & Letters Hall, Room 412, 2315 N Kenmore Ave.
Pepe will also be the featured guess on Worldview Monday, February 28th at 12 PM Noon! Listen in to WBEZ 91.5 FM to hear him in conversation with Jerome McDonnell!
Also, Friday night, February 1st, join Pepe and La Voz de Los de Abajo at the Mestli Gallery and Cultural Center, 2005 S. Blue Island Avenue (Pilsen), from 7-11 PM to hear him speak and meet the inspiring activist and LGBT leader!