Guatemala

LGBTI Rights in Guatemala


ADDED ON: 10/11/2019

The migrant caravans: Finally feeling safe, she longs for her wife and son

Marveny Suchite lives with her American immigration sponsor in a bungalow here on a tree-lined street. A neighbor’s yard sign reads: “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2019

LGBTQ asylum seekers persecuted at home and in U.S. custody

With more than 800,000 migrants currently applying for asylum in the U.S., a growing number of immigrants rights groups are calling attention to the plight of LGBTQ people, many of whom are…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2019

LGBT asylum-seekers exempt from ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy and can stay in US

Asylum-seekers who arrive at the southern border and claim to be LGBT are exempt from the U.S.-Mexico “Remain in Mexico” policy and will not be returned to Mexico to await decisions by…

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ADDED ON: 07/14/2019

Aldo Davila: Guatemala Elects First Openly Gay Congressman

Final results of last month's election in Guatemala were released on Friday. Among the 160 deputies elected on June 16 was Aldo Iván Dávila Morales, who is openly gay and living with…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2019

Gay man poised to win seat in Guatemala congress

An openly gay man is poised to win a seat in Guatemala’s congress. Local media reports say the preliminary results of Sunday’s national elections indicate Aldo Dávila of the Winaq Movement, a…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2019

Transgender migrants find safe haven in Juarez

A rainbow flag sways in the wind outside a pink two-story house in an out-of-the-way Juarez neighborhood. Inside, 38 men and boys tell jokes, try on new skirts or dresses and help…

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ADDED ON: 06/08/2019

Queer in the caravan: The dangers LGBT migrants face in search for asylum

The journey north for migrants traveling through Mexico carries multiple risks—food insecurity, exposure to elements, assault, injury and more. Traveling with a caravan offers a measure of safety against some of these…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2019

Transgender woman from El Salvador dies in ICE custody

A transgender woman from El Salvador died on Saturday while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. An ICE press release says Johana “Joa” Medina Leon, who was identified by her birth…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2019

‘I Knew I Had to Get Out to Survive’—Violence Drives LGBT Central Americans North

The desperation of daily life in Honduras is driving thousands of people to join other Central American migrants in their long march northward toward what they hope is asylum and safety in…

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ADDED ON: 03/30/2019

LGBTI migrants from Central America find refuge in D.C.

Méndez, a transgender woman from San Salvador, El Salvador, told that she and Rony Alexander, a gay man from Honduras’ Lempira department, became a couple when they arrived in D.C. earlier this…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2019

LGBTI migrants struggle to survive along Guatemala-Mexico border

Gaudy Coutiño Valladares works for the Guatemalan Red Cross in Tecún Umán, a small city in the country’s San Marcos department that is across the Suchiate River from Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. The…

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ADDED ON: 03/10/2019

Two gay men run for Guatemala Congress

Two openly gay men are among the candidates who are running for seats in Guatemala’s congress. Aldo Dávila, executive director of Asociación Gente Positiva, a Guatemala City-based HIV/AIDS service organization, is a…

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