Government, Law and Politics Edit
Criminal and Constitutional Law Edit
Homosexuality is legal provided that it involves consenting adults in private. In 2005 the Constitution was amended to expressly ban legal recognition of same-sex couples and to prohibit such couples from adopting or having custody of children .
Interest Groups & Political Parties Edit
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 were met with government opposition or extended delays.
The first LGBT-rights organizations arose in the 1980s, often in the response to the AIDS-HIV pandemic. Such organizations had no legal standing and were essentially ignored by the government, except for police harassment.
The two major political parties have not expressed any support in expanding LGBT-rights. Only a handful of dissident members within the leftist Party of Unified Democracy have expressed some interest in working with the LGBT-community .
Discrimination & Harassment Edit
Reports suggest that law enforcement often engages in or tolerates abuse . As many suggest 200 Honduras people may have been killed because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity between 1993 - 2003 .
International human rights organizations have stated that LGBT people have been targeted by the military government for harassment, abuse and murder .
Walter Trochez, a Honduran political activist and LGBT rights leader, was allegedly assassinated by members of the anti-Zelaya regime for organizing dissent against the new government.
- See Also HIV/AIDS in Honduras
The socially conservative influence of the Catholic Church and evangelical Protestants has made it difficult for any sort of comprehensive public program to be implemented. Female prostitutes and men who have sex with men are seen as the highest risk groups. The government does offer medical care to all citizens and has been increasingly working with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to raise awareness.
See also Edit
LGBT rights in North America
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