By Joel Millman | June 13, 2014
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras—Luis Javier Tejada is an example of why, in many ways, there has never been a better time to be gay in Honduras.
Last year, the graphic artist rejoiced as two openly gay candidates ran for the Honduran National Congress, which had just passed a broad measure against hate speech based on “sexual orientation or gender identity.” This spring he was looking forward to drawing a salary from a Dutch group supporting his work with HIV-positive Hondurans.
But cultural change comes slowly. Neither gay candidate came close to winning—and one fled Honduras after reporting that a mob ransacked her offices and savagely beat her. Mr. Tejada’s partner also fled. Both sought asylum in New York, where Mr. Tejada, 33 years old, hopes he will soon do the same.