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ADDED ON: 11/29/2020

Widow of murdered LGBT+ politician in Brazil vows to combat hate with election win

Two years after the murder of popular Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco, her partner Monica Benicio has also won a council seat and vowed to fight for justice and LGBT+ rights. Franco, a…

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ADDED ON: 11/25/2020

Argentina’s army now has a 1% transgender quota while the US still bans transgender service members

While the U.S. still bans transgender people from serving in the military, a new employment quota for Argentina’s army will soon require the service’s personnel to be at least 1% transgender. A…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2020

What Brazil’s local elections could mean for Bolsonaro’s political future

On Sunday, in the midst of a pandemic, Brazil voted to choose city councilors and mayors. The results show a confusing electoral scenario in which the so-called Centrão (Big Center), composed of…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2020

Historic wins for transgender candidates in Brazil vote

Transgender candidates on Monday celebrated a series of historic wins in municipal elections in Brazil, where they were allowed to run for the first time under their chosen names. "WE WON! BLACK…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2020

Bolsonaro tells Brazil not to deal with pandemic ‘like fags’

President Jair Bolsonaro drew criticism Tuesday for telling Brazilians not to deal with Covid-19 like "a country of fags," the far-right leader's latest controversial outburst on the pandemic. Bolsonaro, who has consistently…

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ADDED ON: 11/02/2020

Venezuela inches closer to marriage equality after Pope’s remarks about civil unions

The pontiff expressed his support in an interview shown in an Italian documentary, saying, “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.” The Vatican…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2020

Venezuela President Urges Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage After Pope’s Comments

Venezuela’s president has called on his country to take up the issue of same-sex marriage following the Pope’s comments endorsing civil unions. On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged the National Assembly…

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ADDED ON: 10/03/2020

When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases

Politicians deepen existing divides when they use inflammatory language, such as hate speech, and this makes their societies more likely to experience political violence and terrorism. That’s the conclusion from a study…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2020

Drag queens to grace Vogue magazine cover in Brazil

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A pair of drag queens will grace the October cover of Vogue in Brazil, the magazine said on Monday, marking a landmark for the iconic fashion…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2020

Thousands march in Uruguay for LGBT rights

Rainbow colours and war cries have rung out at the centre of Montevideo as Uruguayans gathered for the annual LGBT pride parade wearing masks undeterred by the pandemic that did not prevent…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2020

A Step Backward for Same-Sex Couples in Chile

Over three years ago, the Chilean government sent a bill to Congress to uphold same-sex marriage. The bill has not moved forward. Instead, Chile has been taking steps backward. Take the June…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2020

More than 60 LGBT, intersex people killed in Colombia in first eight months of 2020

BOGOTA (Reuters) - At least 63 members of Colombia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community were killed in the first eight months of this year, the Andean country’s human rights ombudsman…

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