Story by Albert Serna Jr. Forced onto a school bus as the day came to an end on a Thursday in , Josue was frightened and uncertain what the future held for him and his companions. Chaperons from the strict Latino Pentecostal church took away all methods of communication so they were virtually removed from society. Arriving at a ranch in the middle of nowhere under the cover of darkness, the teens were forced into separate rooms. Each day they were made to pray and denounce their sexuality. It was believed that the teens had demons controlling them.
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That attitude, a throwback to an earlier era, seemed the rare exception as relatives of those gunned down in the club, many of them Puerto Rican, mourned their deaths and celebrated their lives on the streets of Orlando. The moments of mourning seemed to show how far gay culture has progressed from a time when it was frequently hidden from loved ones. Justice was confirmed dead on Monday. In the hours since the attack, there have been countless homages on social media posted by friends and relatives, who extolled the accomplishments of their loved ones and embraced their sexual identity. And there were the families of the anguished victims, who gathered around tables and in conference rooms to await word about whether their sons, daughters, cousins or uncles — gay or straight — had died. It is a seismic shift from the atmosphere four decades ago after the firebombing of the UpStairs lounge in New Orleans. It is not necessary to reach that far back to feel the progress, which has galloped swiftly ahead in the past 10 years.
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Luis Alberto Rojas Marin says he was arrested, beaten and raped by police in Peru because he is gay. At 26 years old, the Peruvian gay man was arrested by police officers while heading home shortly after midnight. Throughout the six hours he was in police custody, he says, he was stripped, raped with a baton and verbally abused by police officers before being let go. All of this, he says, because of his sexuality.
All they did was moved me from one facility to another. And I saw my attacker again not too long after I tolded on him. Then I paid for it. Because I tolded on him, and he got even with me.