Milwaukee groups host Honduran LGBT activist

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Honduran LGBT activist Jose "Pepe" Palacios will talk about the movement in his country in a program at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market St., Milwaukee.

Palacios is a founding member of the Honduran LGBT group, Diversity Movement in Resistance and a member of the steering committee of the National Front of Popular Resistance.

Included in the program will be a short film of masked gunman firing at a human rights delegation to the country this past September, according to a news release from the center.

The release said that following a 2009 U.S.-supported coup in Honduras, the country won the dubious distinction of having the highest murder rate in the world. Coup supporters used the overthrow of the elected government to settle scores against social justice  movements and the poor. 

Since the coup, 87 LGBT Hondurans have been killed in a campaign of targeted hate crimes and political assassination. In the run up to November's first contested election since the coup, many fear that the violence and hate crimes will get even worse.

Palacios' program is cosponsored by the center's anti-violence program, Latin America Solidarity Committee, Peace Action Milwaukee & Honduras Solidarity Network.

The activist also will be speaking at a forum in Chicago on Jan. 30.

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