The gay community in El Salvador faces both discrimination and the threat of violence. In the past few years, more than 25 people have been murdered because of their sexual orientation. William Hernández, who has himself been a target of abuse, will describe the challenges facing the LGBT community in El Salvador and seek support and cooperation as he endeavors to establish his country’s first free legal clinic to serve the gay community and people living with HIV/AIDS.
William Hernández is the co-founder and executive director of the Asociación Entre Amigos, a Salvadoran nonprofit that works to defend the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. He has been recognized by Amnesty International for his efforts to end discrimination and persecution in El Salvador.