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Haiti's Foremost LGBTQ Rights Activist Found Dead, Cause Unknown

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Charlot Jeudy, the leader of a prominent LGBTQ organization in Haiti, was found dead on Monday at his home, a friend and member of their organization, Kouraj, told The Associated Press.

The Kouraj leader's cause of death is not immediately clear. He was found with blood streaming from his mouth.

In a statement on his group's website, Jeudy had vowed to keep fighting discrimination.

"Faced with such permanent and brutal stigmatization, violence, and insults, many of us -- if not the totality -- have lost hope to see our own dignity respected. ... That is what I want to fight," he wrote.

Haiti's LGBTQ community remains mostly underground. Hostile attitudes towards the lifestyles are strongly expressed in public spaces. As recently as 2016 the government moved to ban a pride parade that was organized by Kouraj and Mr. Jeudy.

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Haiti's Foremost LGBTQ Rights Activist Found Dead, Cause Unknown