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

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!