Physical violence, rapes escalate to murder
Castro was 13 or 14 and living as a boy when she realized she liked boys, which was a problem in Honduras for her and her other gay friends.
“We were always being chased or being called a ‘faggot’ or ‘gay’ or derogatory terms like that,” Castro tells Georgia Voice through a translator.
Physical violence and the rapes of Castro and her friends occurred in the years ahead, until escalating another level in 1999, when she was 21. She and two friends were at a carnival when they were confronted by gang members who shouted death threats and anti-LGBT slurs. The three attempted to flee, with only two succeeding.
“Unfortunately, one of my friends was captured and dragged away, but I was able to get away from them,” Castro says.
A few months later, the friend was found, impaled with a sharpened stick up his anus and his neck broken. Castro was too afraid to go out after that, and while her church made efforts to take her in and protect her, it wasn’t enough, and she fled the country for the Unit-
November 13, 2015