Not unlike many countries around the world, in Haiti homosexuality is a subject that is avoided. Although homosexuality has been legal in Haiti since 1986; Article 35-2 of the Haitian Constitution “prohibits the discrimination in the workplace based on sex, sexual orientations, beliefs, opinions and marital status”; and that Haiti is a signatory State of the United Nations International Bill of Human Rights, protecting LGBT; no one talks about homosexuality. This profound silence has led to despicable discrimination and unimaginable violence against gay, lesbian and transgender people being completely ignored by society, and worse, by those whose duties are to serve and protect each and every citizen. Since the very foundation of Haiti over 200 years ago, there have never been any organizations, foreign or domestic, gay or straight, to protect, educate, and defend the rights of LGBT citizens in the country. There are far too many pressing matters in a poor country like Haiti to care about young men and women being murdered, abused, discriminated against on a daily basis; and since the opinions of most citizens conclude that gays, lesbians and transgenders deserve whatever fate angry homophobes have in store for them, government officials just relinquish their duties of protecting them. But thanks to Kouraj, an organization founded by the heroic Charlot Jeudy, whose mission is to defend the rights of this long forgotten, oppressed and marginalized group in Haitian society, and to bring not just national, but also international attention to the Lgbt community in Haiti, this might just be about to change. " Our sexual orientation, our gender identity is innate to who we are. We cannot change that, but what we can change is the society around us." Despite harassments, intimidations and death threats, Charlot Jeudy found the courage to do what many before him had never been able to do: Publicly in the media, denounce acts of violence against LGBT individuals and urging the current Haitian government to do its job which is to serve and protect all citizens, including gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender individuals. Since the coming out of Kouraj, meaning (courage) in Haitian Creole, there have been a number of public demonstrations by religious groups opposing any laws that would further guarantee the equal protection of the Lgbt community. These religious demonstrators claim that homosexuality is a sin, a perverted imported practice, and that its "normalization" by the government would bring even worse luck upon Haiti. There is absolutely nothing wrong about people protesting in the streets, that is their fundamental rights as citizens, but when these protestors are calling for and, committing despicable violence towards those who are perceived as gays, the government must intervene and hold everyone accountable. During one of the earliest protests, two young men have been beaten to death, by these so called christians groups, because they were thought of being gays, and so far, no one has been arrested for these criminal acts. The Haitian government, via the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, has denounced all acts of violence towards the Lgbt community, and has called for peaceful talks. This is an enormous step, and we applaud the Haitian government for doing what is right, but this is not nearly enough. Murders of Lgbt citizens need to be investigated, and those who are found guilty by a court for such crimes, must receive the sentence that the law recommends; there also must be legislations brought to the country's parliament to make sure that people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender have legal protections in the workplace, in schools, and most definitely, legislations to protect them against all violence. The Haitian government must send a clear message echoing that the law is the same for everyone, whether in punishment or in protection, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders included.

The government need to also rid its administration of those who are publicly inciting violence against those who are gays. It does not make sense for the President and Prime Minister to say that they do not condone violence targeting Lgbt citizens while there are a number of high ranking officials encouraging violence, and are personally involved in the persecution of gay citizens, working  for them. That's why we are demanding that the Haitian Government fire Mr Belane Orelus, the director of the South East Department's Ministry of Social Affairs and Work (Ministere des Affaires Sociales et du Travail) for the following reasons:
Mr Belane Orelus in a sit down with 
Le Nouvelliste said: " We have come to a moment where the homosexual phenomena and immorality are invading the South-East Department, it is therefore the duties of authorities to redressed the bar" Mr Belane Orelus continue to say that: "...for many months, the Bureau of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Work, is working with police of the city of Jacmel, and have launched an "inspection" operation of all nightclubs and bars in the region in order to crack down all acts of immorality" First of all, since when is the police working under the orders of the director's bureau of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Work? And second, it is inconceivable for someone with this point of view, and who is responsible for the constant persecution of gay individuals who have all the rights to attend any clubs or bars that please them, to occupy such an important position. A position whose duties are to deal with social affairs and working conditions of citizens!!! This is INSANE and beyond the light of comprehension, and if the government really is serious about not tolerating discrimination and violence towards the Lgbt community, it needs to send a clear message.

Discrimination towards the Lgbt community in Haiti, is not found only in Haiti, but also in the diaspora. We have observed a number of forums and social media groups of Haitians living in other countries, calling for loathsome violence against gays in Haiti; including, to beat them to death or to burn them alive. These Haitians should be ashamed of themselves; they enjoy the social stability of their host countries, but they ignore the fact that the countless privileges they so enjoy is because the rights of all citizens are respected and that the laws are followed and enforced. How shameful that they do not wish and encourage the same for their motherland!!! While they certainly can disagree with the gay lifestyle, it is irresponsible, reprehensible and disgusting for them to call for instability in Haiti, just as the country is making some impressive progresses on security and calmness. We thank Kouraj and Mr Charlot Jeudy for undertaking such an important initiative; the difficult task of defending the rights of Lgbt individuals in a country where the majority is so adamantly against them. More work needs to be done for sure, but your monumental first step is to be acknowledged, applauded and encouraged, we pray for your safety and the safety of every Lgbt citizen in Haiti. Stand tall and continue your fight for equality; know that there are far more who are with you than against you. Kouraj!