Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

A recent string of horrific, anti-LGBT violence around the world has resulted in the deaths of at least four people across three countries in the past two weeks.

In the west Central African nation of Cameroon – where homosexuality is punishable with up to five years in prison – prominent LGBT rights activist Eric Ohena Lembembe was found tortured to death in his home on July 15. The State Department put out a statement condemning his “brutal murder” and urging a thorough investigation by Cameroonian authorities.

In Haiti on July 19, an anti-LGBT march drawing more than 1,000 demonstrators turned deadly when two people assumed to be gay were reportedly beaten and killed.

And in Jamaica, a gender nonconforming 17-year-old was reportedly stabbed to death by a group and dumped on the side of a road after being seen dancing with a man at a party Sunday night. The Jamaican LGBT rights group J-FLAG is calling for a thorough investigation to bring the teen’s family the “justice they deserve.”

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) has posted a statement calling attention to the impact anti-LGBT violence has on people’s access to critical health and human services, particularly men who have sex with men (MSM). The statement reads in part:

These incidents are a regular occurrence in many countries with severe HIV epidemics among men who have sex with men (MSM), and they have a concrete impact on the ability of MSM to access basic HIV prevention and treatment services. Data from the Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey (GMHR), reported last week in the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, indicates that experiences of homophobic violence were significantly associated with lower odds of having access to condoms, lubricants, HIV testing, and HIV treatment. 

Read MSMGF’s full statement here.

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