"It was a white car. They started to shoot. One of the girls was hit in the arm and they shot me in the back. I was left lying on the ground, I couldn’t even move my feet. The man got out of the car. They were all dressed in military uniforms but they had their faces covered. I didn’t move my eyes, I thought this man is going to shot me in the head. I played dead and I didn’t blink. His friends called him to go and chase the other girls and he got in the car and they drove off”
While LGBT+ people across the world are participating in marches and events proudly showing they exist, in many countries they face threats, criminalisation and even murder.
JLO has dedicated her life to defend trans and LGBT rights since she started her own transition when she was 15 years old. She has suffered 3 attempts of murder since then. Since 2009 at least 325 LGBT people, mainly trans women, have been killed in Honduras and the survivors seldom report it because of fear of the consequences as many receive dead threats and harassment. Research shows that at least 60% of the hate crimes are carried out by the public armed forces. Impunity rates in those reported cases is 98%.
We are not who they say we are tells the story of Arcoiris, a group of LGBT+ human rights defenders in Honduras. In recent years the organisation has faced mounting threats and attacks, the murder of 6 of its members, sexual violence and following relentless public abuse and stigmatisation, making Honduras one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be an LGBT+ activist. These documentary reveals both the severity of the risks they face and their determination to further their struggle.