The challenge of being gay in Belize

Updated: Apr 15, 2018

I am Kevin Mendez, a Belizean social justice activist working on LGBT rights and HIV prevention. I am the President and a founding member of Belize Youth Empowerment for Change (BYEC), a youth-led and youth-oriented NGO whose mission is to promote dignity to eliminate barriers affecting youth in Belize through innovative opportunities. I am also an HIV/TB adherence counselor with the Ministry of Health of Belize. I have been a One Young World Ambassador since 2016. Through BYEC and the Ministry of Health, I reach out to Belizeans, in particular LGBT persons, to increase their knowledge on HIV/AIDS and eliminate stigmas and discrimination which prevents access to care and treatment. My drive is to promote health and unity within the LGBT community and... read entire blog here.


Belize Youth Empowerment for Change is a legally incorporated Non-Governmental Charitable Organization