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Arely Victoria Gómez

Asociación para una Vida Mejor – APUVIMEH

Arely Victoria Gómez is one of the most visible transgender activists in Honduras. She has led campaigns and lawsuits in defence of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and she is the head of the trans movement within the Asociación para una Vida Mejor – APUVIMEH (Association for a Better Life). APUVIMEH works with the LGBTI community and those affected by HIV / AIDS in Honduras. It operates a shelter, "Casa Renacer", and runs several projects including a programme for the prevention of HIV / AIDS and sexual infections, and a gay youth project.

LGBTI defenders in Honduras are doubly discriminated against. They are discriminated firstly because they are human rights defenders and secondly because they defend LGBTI rights.