Emanuel de Jesús Barrientos, Comayagüela
"I knew I was gay when I was six years old. I’m 33 now, the age of Christ.
In Honduras many gay men suffer discrimination. They are attacked, even killed. It’s dangerous to come out of the closet as it puts everything in danger - your family, your social relationships, your work, your security, even your life. We live in an aggressive environment of violent heterosexual machismo.
I work promoting LGBT rights here in the office of the Arcoiris association and I study at the university too. In our offices we are obliged to have a security system with cameras and rolls of razorwire as we’ve had threats.
We have a proposal for a law for gender identity and equality. Through this law we would have a legal basis to prohibit all sorts of discrimination for sexual orientation, race, ability, age and gender identity. Though the initiative is from Arcoiris it would cover LGBT, disability, women, Afro-Hondurans, the elderly, indigenous and others.
There are gender equality laws in other countries but, of course, with this government there’s not much chance of seeing it passed in Honduras. A lot of people are opposed to the movement for equality, they think the only thing we want is equal marriage and the right to adopt.
On May 17th we promote campaigns against homo, lesbo, bi and transphobia in Honduras.
Two years ago I tried dressing as a woman for the first time. I feel it allows me to express a feminine side of my character that I can’t while I’m dressed as a man. I don’t walk down the street like it, but I do it for LGBT events, like a show. It’s a bit of fun."
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