Honduras

At a glance

  • Same-sex relations: legal
  • Legal gender recognition: not possible
  • Registration of LGBTIQ organizations: possible
  • Actions related to SOGI at UN: abstained from voting on IE SOGI in 2016

 

Overview

Honduras has recently made progress on LGBTIQ issues; however, there are still many barriers to full LGBTIQ equality. In 2013, sexual orientation and gender identity were added explicitly to the anti-discrimination law, as well as recognized as aggravating circumstances in legislation banning hate crime. Gang violence is a widespread issue in the country affecting all people in Honduras, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTIQ people are more vulnerable and often specific targets of this violence due to a prevalent culture of misogyny and toxic masculinity among the gangs, in which sexual and gender diversity is unacceptable. LGBTIQ people are also vulnerable to discrimination in employment, health care, education, and housing. Societal opinion has not followed political will and remains negative. As such, many LGBTIQ people experience social rejection and are marginalized from their families and communities.