Friday, December 18, 2009
Hero: Walter Trochez
Walter Trochez, a LGBT activist and a member of the National Resistance Front in Hondurus, was shot and killed December 13. After a military coup in June, Trochez began to document and publicize homophobic killings and crimes by those responsible for the coup. According to journalist Doug Ireland, Trochez had been tailed for weeks and the men responsible for his murder were part of the state security forces.
Just a month before his murder, Trochez was arrested and beaten while documenting the treatment of transgender prostitutes in the Comayagüela district. Also previously, he had released an open letter documenting an "increase in hate crimes and homophobia towards LGTB as a result of the civic-religious-military coupe in Honduras...Once again we say it is not acceptable that in these past 4 months, during such a short period, 9 transsexual and gay friends were violently killed." He ended the letter saying, "As a revolutionary, I will always defend my people, even if it takes my life." He was 25.