Guatemala: Transgender People Face Deadly Attacks
Press Release: Human Rights Watch
(New York)— The Guatemalan government must take immediate steps to stop a pattern of deadly attacks and possible police violence against transgender women and gay men, and end impunity for these crimes, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Guatemalan President Oscar Berger.
One transgender woman was murdered and another was critically wounded on December 17 when they were gunned down on a street in Guatemala City. Paulina (legal name Juan Pablo Méndez Cartagena) and Sulma (legal name Kevin Robles) were stopped by four men on motorcycles at an intersection in Guatemala City's Zone One, the center of the city.
Two thirds of LGBT teachers and lecturers have experienced harassment and discrimination at work because of their sexual orientation
Sixty seven per cent of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender teachers and lecturers who responded to a survey by Teacher Support Network have experienced harassment or discrimination at work because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.]
Eighty three per cent of these say they have experienced homophobic harassment or discrimination, including offensive ‘jokes’ or language, name calling, rumour spreading and abusive behaviour.