Autopsy: Trans Honduran woman who died in ICE custody was beaten

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Transgender Law Center on Nov. 26 released the results of an autopsy that shows a transgender Honduran woman with HIV was beaten before she died while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

Roxsana Hernández, who was from the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa, was among a group of trans women who were part of a 300-person caravan that traveled to the U.S. border earlier this year.

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ICE releases 14 transgender asylum seekers

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released from its custody 14 transgender women who are seeking asylum in the U.S.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts in a July 31 press release that announced the trans women’s release said they had been detained at the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, N.M.

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Violence, discrimination prompts LGBTI Hondurans to migrate

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: A photo of Roxana Hernández, a transgender Honduran woman with HIV who died in ICE custody in May, hangs on a wall inside the offices of Colectivo Unidad Color Rosa, an LGBTI advocacy group in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on July 11, 2018. Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers.

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Members of Colectivo Unidad Color Rosa, an LGBTI advocacy group in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, on July 11 were sewing a transgender Pride flag for an upcoming march. On the wall behind them were the pictures of 19 local activists and community members who have been killed over the last decade.

“You can be killed at any moment in this extremely violent country,” a lesbian activist told the Washington Blade during an interview with three others affiliated with Colectivo Unidad Color Rosa who identify themselves as transsexual women.

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Gay Army chaplain struggles to save husband from deportation

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: U.S. Army Capt. Tim Brown, on right, is fighting the deportation of his husband, Sergio Avila-Rodriguez. Photo courtesy the couple.

U.S. Army Capt. Tim Brown, who was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for two tours of duty in Afghanistan, currently serves as an Army chaplain at the Fort Bragg Army base in North Carolina.

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Wedding Bells: Eric Pinder and Dwayne Smoot

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Eric_Dwayne_Cruise_02_2010“He’s an incredibly creative person,” Dwayne says. “That’s one of the things that I like from talking with him, just how knowledgeable about so much that he is. And I know he can surprise me and make me laugh at any moment, and being in a relationship where you can be laughing at any moment can be a lot of fun.”

Eric Pinder, who is an actor/director/writer, and Dwayne Smoot, who is a programmer/analyst, both met at a party that Eric wasn’t even going to originally attend.

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Decades Bear Party 2014 at Ice Bar

By : Danny Garcia
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About one hundred bears and their admirers gathered to cool down at Ice Bar June 5 for Bear Bash’s Decades Bear Party.

The Throwback Thursday-themed event featured a fitting soundtrack by DJ Barry Huffine who spun Abba and tunes from the 80s.

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