June 6, 2016 at 3:57 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
State Department condemns murder of LGBT activist in Honduras
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The State Department on June 6, 2016, condemned the murder of a prominent LGBT activist in Honduras.

A State Department spokesperson on Monday condemned the murder of a prominent LGBT activist in Honduras.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the apparent murder of Rene Martínez,” Elizabeth Trudeau told the Washington Blade during her daily press briefing. “We do offer our condolences to his friends, his family and his colleagues.”

Honduran media reports indicate that Martínez disappeared on June 1 after he left his home in the city of San Pedro Sula’s Chamelecón neighborhood. His relatives identified his body — which showed signs of strangulation — two days later.

Martínez, 40, was president of Comunidad Gay Sampedrana, a San Pedro Sula-based LGBT advocacy group that worked throughout northern Honduras.

He ran an outreach center in Chamelecón through Youth Alliance Honduras, an organization that is part of an anti-violence program the U.S. Agency for International Development helped to develop. Martínez was also a well-known member of Honduras’ governing National Party.

“A leader in the LGBTI community in San Pedro Sula and a rising political figure in Honduras, his death comes as a great shock,” said the U.S. Embassy in Honduras in a statement it released shortly after news of Martínez’s murder broke. “We offer our condolences to his friends and family, and expect a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances of his death.”

San Pedro Sula Mayor Armando Calidonio and diplomats from the E.U. and other countries have also condemned Martínez’s murder.

The Embassy in its statement said the U.S. “has already offered our assistance to Honduran authorities working to bring justice in this case.” Trudeau on Monday reiterated this point to the Blade without providing specific information.

“We have actually in fact already offered our assistance to the Honduran authorities to bring justice in this case,” she said.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • Jason Stone

    Do we know anything about the reasoning behind the murder? Was it a political act, was it robbery or possibly relationship related? I just think we are either jumping to conclusions or this is a poorly and briefly written piece. We cannot afford to speak without merit on such situations, especially when there are international ramifications.

  • Confused Child

    Why is it that every time I hear of the attack on a homosexual, I think how horrible and repugnant that is.

    But when I hear of an attack on an LGBT activist, I almost get a sense of relief.

    • Joseph Singer

      Perhaps, my child, you truly ARE confused. Every activist is an ordinary person who has chosen to speak up.

      • Confused Child

        Every activist who speaks up is telling lies that is spreading widespread psychological abuse amongst our children.

        People are not born gay. Being gay is not part of a person. This has never been proved, and never will be, for the simple fact that it is not true.

        Consider this truth for a moment, and think about the repercussions, and the horrible widespread psychological abuse that you are spreading with this evil, evil lie, that sexual attraction is part of someone, like being black or white is part of someone.

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