South America

LGBTI Rights in South America


Partner — international

Akahatá – Equipo de Trabajo en Sexualidades y Géneros

Akatatá aims to advance, promote and defend LGBT and sexual rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. Akahatá seeks to give visibility to violations that people in the region suffer on the basis of sexuality and gender identities or expressions. “LGBT rights” in writing will mean nothing as long as discrimination and violence remain rampant, and Akahatá is committed to finding solutions to addressing these issues.

Partner — international

REDLACTRANS – Latin America and the Caribbean Network of Trans Persons

Anti-transgender violence is epidemic in Central America where the life expectancy of a Salvadoran transgender woman is less than 35 years. This shocking fact might not be known without the hard work of local activists documenting and reporting the sobering reality of daily life for transgender people in the region.

Partner — usa

Heartland Alliance

Heartland Alliance’s Global Initiative for Sexuality and Human Rights (GISHR) works with LGBT activists and organizations to promote and protect the rights of LGBT persons worldwide.

Partner — usa

Astraea Foundation

The Astraea Foundation is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTI human rights around the globe. Founded by activist women of color in the 1970s to fund a burgeoning national movement, in 1996 Astraea became the first U.S. organization to provide critically needed funding to LGBTI groups internationally. Astraea prioritizes funding for groups led by lesbian, transgender and intersex activists who are changing discriminatory laws and policies, using arts and cultural activism to inspire social change, and building inclusive movements for justice.

ADDED ON: 01/31/2018

New Data Released on Attitudes Toward Transgender People

Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The data was collected online between October 24th and November…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2018

LGBTI Workers in the U.S. Lead Global LGBTI Community in Retirement Readiness

A new study released today finds that LGBTI workers in the U.S. are outperforming LGBT workers in eight other countries with regard to retirement readiness. This first-of-its-kind study, LGBT: Retirement Preparations Amid Social…

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ADDED ON: 01/24/2018

LGBTI in Latin America

"Blood was squirting out of my chest," says Brithany Cervantes as she recalls being stabbed multiple times with a broken bottle for no other reason, she says, than being a transgender woman.…

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The Long Struggle in the Heart of Carnival

The Grupo Gay da Bahia or simply GGB is the oldest association for the defense of the human rights for LGBTI people in Brazil. Founded in 1980 by Luiz Mott, in the city of Salvador, Bahia, the GGB was registered as…

ADDED ON: 09/20/2017

Brazilian Judge Approves ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’, Sparking National Outrage

A Brazilian judge has approved gay “conversion therapy” in a ruling which prompted widespread outrage and raised fears of a conservative backlash. Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital of…

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Intersectional Revolutionary

Rosmit Mantilla is a revolutionary in every sense of the word. He is the first openly gay man elected to the Venezuelan National Assembly. If that weren’t enough, he was elected to…