Announcement of the Coalition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestites, Transsexuals, Transgender and Intersex Organizations of the Americas

The Coalition composed of organizations from 17 Latin American and Caribbean countries and its partner Global Rights, are denouncing the coup in Honduras, which we consider not only an affront to the national constitution and the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS), but also an attack on democracy, respect, equality, rights and lives of the Honduran people.

As always in crisis scenarios, the most affected people are those under hightened vulnerable conditions, such as our lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, transvestites, transgender and intersex Honduran brothers and sisters. Our colleague Vicky, a Honduran trans-woman, and other members of the LGBT sector, have been killed as a result of this brutal military intervention. As well, human rights activists and people who were born in a free country are in imminent danger, have now lost their freedom and their individual rights are suspended.

The LGBTTTI Coalition expresses its solidarity with the Honduran democratic sectors, who, rejecting military interventionism and political assassinations, arbitrary arrests, beatings and intimidation, demostrate on the streets to express themselves and fight with their hands against hand-guns, machine-guns and tanks. We reject military interventionism, and request that those who cowardly and through force have taken power, to desist and restore the country to the democratically- elected president President José Manuel Zelaya; engage new communication chanels and a democratic and peaceful solution to differences and problems they have. We urge the international community, international organizations, governments and civil society to remain mobilized and alert until the return of constitutional order in Honduras.

Coalition members:

1. AIREANA – Paraguay
2. C TTT- Honduras
3. COLECTIVA MUJER y SALUD - Dominican Republic
4. CORPORACION OPCION – Colombia
5. ENTRE-TRANSITOS – Colombia
6. GRENCHAP – Grenada
7. HUMANA NACION TRANS – México
8. IGLHRC – Argentina
9. INSTITUTO RUNA – Perú
10. LIDERES EN ACCION – Colombia
11. SMU - Suriname
12. MESA JOVEN POR LA DIVERSIDAD SEXUAL - Colombia
13. MULABI – Regional
14. ORGANIZACIÓN DE TRANSEXUALES POR LA DIGNIDAD – Chile
15. RED AFRO LGBTI – Brasil
16. J FLAG – Jamaica
17. RED LACTRANS – Argentina
18. RED TRANS Nicaragua – Nicaragua
19. SASOD – Guyana
20. TALLER MUJER Y COMUNICACIÓN – Ecuador
21. UNIBAM – Belize
22. VELVET UNDERGROUND – Trinidad and Tobago
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