“The Department of State condemns the brutal killing of transgender teenager Joseph Sanchez in Belize on January 12. We send our condolences to Joseph’s friends and family and the entire LGBT community in Belize. We are encouraged by the Belizean authorities’ swift investigation into the killing, and we echo the government’s commitment to ensure that all citizens, without exception, enjoy the full protection of the law. No one should be subjected to violence because of who they are or who they love”.
Indeed no one should be subject to such violence. However, in that same weekend, three individuals lost their lives and not one.
38 year old Emerson McDonald, a father of three children, and 25 year old Derrick Parham were both gunned down on the same day. But yet, even the US Department of State felt it necessary to acknowledge only Sanchez’s death and make it an LGBT issue.