Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on LGBT rights and discrimination in various countries around the world.
Since Haiti was devastated by an earthquake in 2010, the country’s already-marginalized LGBT community has faced a surge of attacks at home, including attempts to pass harsh legal measures that would further restrict LGBT rights. In response, Haiti’s LGBT community has become progressively more organized and active, pushing back for the first time. In an email interview, Amber Lynn Munger, senior program officer at the American Jewish World Service, explains the turbulent environment that LGBT people face in Haiti, the legislative processes currently in motion, and how activists are managing to fight back.
WPR: What is the current status of the LGBT community in Haiti, and how does it compare to other countries in the Caribbean?