Phys­i­cal violence, rapes es­ca­late to mur­der

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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

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