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Haiti’s LGBTQ demand rights, say time is now

By Ralph ‘Onz’ Chery

Three of the most renowned LGBTQ activists in Haiti, (from left to right) Cherlin Simon, Dominique Saint-Vil and Gino Ambroise. Photo credit: Geroges H. Rouzier

Gino Ambroise couldn’t hold that desire he had to get in a relationship with a family friend any longer. So, he told the man he liked him. With his disclosure, Ambroise, then 19, threw himself into a sea of severe abuse when the friend told his family. 

Ambroise’s family didn’t eat at the same table with him for over a month and threatened to kick him out of the house. The worst was yet to come. 

Twenty years later, in 2015, Ambroise was getting rocks thrown at him inside his room in Pétion-Ville. It was pitch black – as there was no electricity – and Ambroise suffers from polio, which limits his mobility. He felt the weight of a rock smash the right side of his face. Then, two men invaded the house and began beating him, while yelling a homophobic slur. 

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Onz Chery

Onz Chery

Ralph 'Onz' Chery started his writing career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, Cosmopolitan Soccer League, and other local leagues. After graduating, Onz became one of ESNY's sports journalists then joined The Haitian Times.
Onz Chery
Sep. 16, 2020