Victory Institute and Somos CDC collaborated to train over 35 LGBTI leaders, produce research on LGBTI political participation in Honduras, and hold the largest event on LGBTI political participation in the Latin America and Caribbean region in October 2015. Honduras has seen a handful of openly LGBTI candidates, but so far none have been elected. Moving forward, Somos CDC plan to continue to collaborate in providing follow-up trainings to LGBTI leaders in the country and to implement activities around the upcoming November 2017 elections.
Erick Vidal Martínez
A Victory Institute trainee and participant in our regional conferences in Peru and Honduras as well as our International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in Washington, DC, Erick Vidal Martínez works with political parties on LGBTI inclusion. He was appointed and serves as Sexual Diversity Coordinator of the LIBRE party, a position previously left vacant.
The Honduran Deputy Minister of the Interior, Honduran National Police Commissioner, and other elected officials met with their openly LGBTI counterparts in the Latin American and Caribbean region to discuss ways to increase LGBTI political participation. The meeting also included Carmen Muñoz, Deputy Minister of the Interior and Police of Costa Rica; Peruvian Congressman Carlos Bruce; Congressman and former Fresnillo, Mexico Mayor Benjamín Medrano; and Buenos Aires Deputy Maximiliano Ferraro.
Trainings were held with political party representatives on sensitivity to LGBTI issues and inclusion of LGBTI persons within their party structures.
The regional conference on LGBTI political participation was held in Tegucigalpa in October 2015 and was attended by over 300 participants from 22 countries, as well as high-ranking LGBTI officials from the region and participation six of seven Honduran political parties.