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Mexico: LGBT+ community denounce 'double discrimination' in migrant caravan02:40

Mexico: LGBT+ community denounce 'double discrimination' in migrant caravan

Mexico, Matias Romero, Oaxaca
November 2, 2018 at 06:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

A LGBT+ group fleeing discrimination in their home countries have complained of suffering further abuse at the hands of migrants in the caravan travelling northwards through Central America to the United States.

Some of them recounted their experiences of double discrimination due to sexual orientation on the outskirts of Matias Romero, Oaxaca, this Thursday.

Approximately 180 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people - most of whom come from Honduras - fled their native countries, where they feel persecution represents a real threat to one's life, to seek asylum in the US.

Relegated to the fringes of the migrant caravan, they say that have had to endure abuse and violence on a daily basis and that other migrants even deny them access to food or handouts.

A Honduran migrant, Johana Estephani, shared her experience: "They discriminate against us, the same people, our fellow Hondurans criticise us."

"The men more than anyone, make fun of us, eating food costs us, we can't enter either the ranks of men nor women, because they criticize us," she added.

Another migrant, Nati, said: "They wanted to hit us, to attack us maybe, because we don't let them touch us."

While Mexican authorities offer limited support, a group of 'heterosexual' migrants have reportedly sought to protect their LGBT+ friends from the prejudice of the migrant caravan.

Mexico: LGBT+ community denounce 'double discrimination' in migrant caravan02:40
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A LGBT+ group fleeing discrimination in their home countries have complained of suffering further abuse at the hands of migrants in the caravan travelling northwards through Central America to the United States.

Some of them recounted their experiences of double discrimination due to sexual orientation on the outskirts of Matias Romero, Oaxaca, this Thursday.

Approximately 180 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people - most of whom come from Honduras - fled their native countries, where they feel persecution represents a real threat to one's life, to seek asylum in the US.

Relegated to the fringes of the migrant caravan, they say that have had to endure abuse and violence on a daily basis and that other migrants even deny them access to food or handouts.

A Honduran migrant, Johana Estephani, shared her experience: "They discriminate against us, the same people, our fellow Hondurans criticise us."

"The men more than anyone, make fun of us, eating food costs us, we can't enter either the ranks of men nor women, because they criticize us," she added.

Another migrant, Nati, said: "They wanted to hit us, to attack us maybe, because we don't let them touch us."

While Mexican authorities offer limited support, a group of 'heterosexual' migrants have reportedly sought to protect their LGBT+ friends from the prejudice of the migrant caravan.

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