UN condemns hatred, violence against gays in Haiti
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The United Nations mission in Haiti is condemning acts of hatred and violence aimed at homosexuals in the Caribbean nation.
The statement came after a gay couple was recently attacked at an engagement party. People threw stones and burned cars.
More than a thousand people showed up for a demonstration last month in the capital to protest homosexuality and a proposal to legalize gay marriage in Haiti.
Gay advocacy groups said they’ve been the target of threats and harassment.
Haiti’s gay and lesbian community is small and has long kept a low-profile because of a strong social stigma that sparks fears of physical violence and loss of employment.
The U.N. issued the statement Monday.
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