Dieu-Nalio Chery

Photographer + Photojournalist+Writer+Videographer
     
Haiti LGBT rights progress is seen as a victory
Location: Detroit, Michigan, 48212 United States of America
Nationality: Haitian
Biography: Dieu-Nalio Chery is a freelance photojournalist now based in Michigan working for The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, The Haitian Times and The Associated Press. He was awarded the  Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas... MORE
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Haiti LGBT rights progress is seen as a victory
Copyright Dieu-Nalio Chery 2024
Updated Feb 2024
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Yasha Val is a remarkable individual who has shown incredible bravery and strength in coming out publicly as a transgender person in Haiti in 2017. Despite the pervasive discrimination and violence that the LGBTQ+ community faces in the country, Yasha Val decided to share her truth and be true to herself. This act of courage has inspired many people in Haiti and beyond and is a testament to the human spirit's resilience and determination to live authentically.

It is important to note that Yasha Val's decision to come out publicly was not an easy one. Haiti is a country where the LGBTQ+ community often faces hostility and discrimination in most spheres of public life. Two proposed anti-LGBT laws are pending in Parliament, and the major churches in the country are firm in their condemnation of homosexuality. Despite this, Yasha Val has remained steadfast in her commitment to living her truth and working towards creating a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Yasha Val's story is a powerful reminder of the importance of standing up for what is right, even in the face of adversity. Her bravery and resilience serve as an inspiration to all those who are struggling to be true to themselves in a world that can often be hostile and discriminatory.

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