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Central America and Caribbean

LGBTI Rights in Central America and Caribbean


ADDED ON: 07/31/2020

El Salvador police sentenced in nation’s first trans murder convictions

A court in El Salvador has sentenced three police officers to 20-year prison sentences for the murder of a transgender woman, the nation’s first convictions in a homicide case involving a trans…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2020

Haitian Christians protest new law providing protections for LGBT community

Several thousand members of Protestant churches demonstrated Sunday in Port-au-Prince against the country’s new criminal code, which they consider “immoral” because it penalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation. “If a pastor doesn’t…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2020

In Haiti, More LGBT-friendly Penal Code Prompts Outcry from Pulpit

An overhaul of Haiti’s penal code that punishes marriage officiants who refuse to perform same-sex weddings is provoking outcry among religious leaders in the socially conservative Caribbean nation. The tension is emerging…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2020

Gay, black and fast: Olympic hopeful swims against tide of homophobia in Jamaica

Early in his budding career as a professional swimmer, Olympic hopeful Michael Gunning faced a regular putdown in the pool from snide schoolmates: “Black people don’t swim.” But rather than be bullied…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2020

Barbados invites same-sex couples to live on the island for a year

Barbados, one of the smallest but most-visited Caribbean islands, recently announced it would allow foreigners to live and work remotely on its shores for 12 months in an attempt to kickstart its…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2020

Guatemala: Rights Official at Risk of Dismissal

Members of Guatemala’s Congress should act swiftly to block the attempt by a number of lawmakers to remove the ombudsperson, Jordán Rodas, for supporting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2020

Costa Rica Continues to Strive Towards Equality: Same-Sex Couples May Adopt Children

Following the legalization of equal marriage, Costa Rica now offers same-sex couples the opportunity for joint adoption and guarantees the rights of children from homo-parental families. On May 26th, a historical milestone…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2020

‘Work to do’ as coronavirus hits LGBT+ Jamaicans hard

Paris Lewinsky has been taking hormones for almost a year and is starting to grow breasts. But the transgender Jamaican’s long-held dream of physically transitioning is now under threat, because she cannot…

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ADDED ON: 06/18/2020

Lesbian Couple From Cuba Fights For Life Together in U.S.

Yanelkys Moreno Agramonte, 36, and Dayana Rodríguez González, 31, had never been apart in the nearly five years since they began dating. Their lives were one until Nov. 3, 2019, when they…

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ADDED ON: 06/07/2020

History-making queer activist Caleb Orozco gives a rousing reminder that ‘giving up is not an option’

In 2016, after a long fight from LGBT+ activists, gay sex was finally made legal in the Central American country of Belize. That change would never have happened without the tireless campaigning…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2020

Costa Rica’s Progress on Marriage Equality Should Inspire the Region

Costa Rica became the first Central American country to allow same-sex marriage on May 26. This is no small political feat in a country where the issue divided voters in the 2018…

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ADDED ON: 06/03/2020

Costa Rica: 82 same-sex couples have joined their lives and await registration of their marriages

82 same-sex couples have joined their lives and hope that their marriages in the country will be registered very soon. This is confirmed by data provided by the Civil Registry to AM…

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