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When:   October 25, 2005 7:00pm-8:30pm
Where:   William Harkness Hall, Rm 309
Price:   free
Type:   Meeting

When Coming Out Can Get You Killed: Violence against Women in Guatemala Claudia Acevedo Director of LESBIRADAS, Guatemala's only public lesbian organization Tuesday, October 25 7:00 pm Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street, room 309 Violence against women, human rights activists and indigenous organizers in Guatemala has escalated dramatically in the last few years. The LGBT community has become one recent target. LESBIRADAS, a collective of lesbians in Guatemala, attempts to combat human rights abuses and promote equality by organizing public kiss-ins, providing counseling, and lobbying for non-discrimination legislation. In a hostile climate, LESBIRADAS continues to advocate vigorously for LGBT equality and women's rights in spite of having received serious threats of physical and sexual assault because of their work. Acevedo will address persecution against lesbians in the context of the larger gender-based violence in Guatemala. She will also discuss LESBIRADAS's work to secure anti-discrimination protection for LGBT people in Guatemala. This event is cosponsored by the Larry Kramer Initiative, the Schell Center for International Human Rights, and the Council for Latin American and Iberian Studies

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