Walter Tróchez

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Walter Orlando Tróchez (1982-13 December 2009) was a Honduran political activist and LGBT rights leader and murdered in Tegucigalpa.[1]

Another visible LGBT Honduran activist and Zelayista, Erick Martínez Ávila, was murdered on 7 May 2012 in the outskirts of Tegucigalpa.


A Honduran rights group said Walter Tróchez was briefly kidnapped 4 December 2009 by four masked men who beat him before he managed to escape. He filed a complaint to national and international authorities.[2][3]

The assailants threatened to kill Tróchez because of his participation in the anti-coup movement, the International Observatory on the Human Rights Situation said.[3] He was also a gay rights activist.[4][5]


On 13 December 2009, Walter Tróchez was shot as he walked in downtown Tegucigalpa. Friends rushed him to a hospital, where he died.


In a statement, the National Resistance Front said, "Tróchez was an active militant in the resistance and an example of the fight against the dictatorship."

Amnesty International reacted to the news of Walter Tróchez's death by demanding urgent and independent inquiry into the matter.[6][7]

On January 26 and 27 2010, several vigils and demos were organised in Berlin, San Francisco, Los Angeles, in solidarity with Gay Hondurans and for democracy.[8][9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ireland, Doug (2009-12-23). "Honduran Regime Martyrs LGBT Leader". Quotha (republished from Gay City News). Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  2. ^ Shansky, Joseph (2009-12-24). "Killing activists in Honduras". 21st Century Socialism. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  3. ^ a b Associated Press (2009-12-15). "Rights activist who protested Honduras coup killed". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  4. ^ Johnson, Tim (2012-01-12). "Honduras is test of new U.S. policy on gay rights". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  5. ^ Green, Jessica (2009-12-17). "Gay activist killed in Honduras". Pink News (UK). Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  6. ^ "Honduras must launch full investigation into death of human rights campaigner". Amnesty International. 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  7. ^ "Honduras: Investigate Murders of LGBT People". Human Rights Watch. 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Walter Tróchez Queer Alliance: Demo in Berlin – 26 January 2010 – Rally & Vigil – San Francisco – Washington – Los Angeles". Gays Without Borders. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  9. ^ "Honduras – Walter Tróchez Queer Alliance: Demo in Berlin". Gays Without Borders. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  10. ^ "Walter Tróchez: San Francisco Vigil for Honduran Gays and Democracy". Gays Without Borders. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2012-12-09.