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Honduras is test of new U.S. policy on gay rights

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — From U.N. chambers to the halls of the State Department, global pressure on countries to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is rising.

For Josue Hernandez, the new emphasis can't come fast enough.

The 33-year-old gay activist bears the scar of the bullet that grazed his skull in an attack a few years ago. He's moved the office of his advocacy group four times. Still, he feels hunted in what is arguably the most homophobic nation in the Americas.

"We are in a deplorable state," Hernandez said of LGBT people in Honduras. "When we walk the streets, people shout insults at us and throw rocks. Parents move their children away."

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