South America

LGBTI Rights in South America


ADDED ON: 11/21/2022

Mothers of LGBTQ children join forces in Latin America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Fabu Olmedo is so nervous about clubs and restaurants in Paraguay that before a night out she often contacts one to make sure that she'll be let in…

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ADDED ON: 11/20/2022

Mothers of LGBTQ children join forces in Latin America

Fabu Olmedo is so nervous about clubs and restaurants in Paraguay that before a night out she often contacts one to make sure that she’ll be let in and won’t be attacked…

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ADDED ON: 11/16/2022

Venezuela is still a dangerous place to live as an LGBTQ person

I’m a 20-year-old woman living in a town called Guatire, not far from Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas. Gay sex was legalised here in 1997, but Venezuela is still a dangerous place to…

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2022

Peru officially apologizes to Transgender woman for police abuse

Peru on Nov. 3 issued an official apology to Azul Rojas Marín, a Transgender woman who was raped and beaten by a group of police officers in 2008. After an Inter-American Court…

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ADDED ON: 11/01/2022

Brazil’s first openly gay governor wins re-election

The first openly gay governor of Brazil on Sunday won re-election. Rio Grande do Sul Gov. Eduardo Leite, a member of the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party, defeated Onyx Lorenzoni of the…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2022

Brazil’s LGBTQ+ community fears Bolsonaro re-election

LGBTQ+ Brazilians fear that a win for incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in Sunday's runoff election could lead to a rollback of their rights. The vote in South America's largest country pits the…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2022

Gender: X – Proud owner of Chile’s first non-binary ID card

Shane Cienfuegos, the first non-binary person to receive a gender-neutral identity document in Chile, says they feel a "great weight" of responsibility despite their victory over centuries of discrimination. "It is difficult…

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ADDED ON: 10/25/2022

LGBT football fans fight for safe space in Brazil stadiums

Wearing a rainbow T-shirt and earrings, Ona Ruda struts confidently through the Arena Fonte Nova football stadium, home to his beloved Bahia team and one of Brazil's LGBT fan bases. However, his…

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ADDED ON: 10/23/2022

Peruvian capital’s mayor-elect raises eyebrows among LGBTQ activists

Lima earlier this month elected a new mayor to lead Peru’s most populous city. Rafael López Aliaga, a conservative businessman, narrowly defeated his opponent in a campaign marked by fervent opposition to…

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ADDED ON: 10/18/2022

The Queer Brazilian Filmmaker Taking on Jair Bolsonaro

Acclaimed Brazilian filmmaker and activist Fernando Grostein Andrade speaks truth and love to power in his newly released documentary Breaking Myths. Widely known for his acclaimed work on Breaking the Taboo, which…

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ADDED ON: 10/07/2022

Trailblazing Brazilian trans lawmakers face more conservative Congress

Erika Hilton, a 29-year-old Sao Paulo city council member, just made history as one of the first two transgender lawmakers elected this week to Brazil's Congress. But the victory is bittersweet, Hilton…

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ADDED ON: 10/04/2022

Two Transgender women elected to Brazil’s Congress

Two Transgender women on Sunday won seats in the Brazilian Congress. Voters in São Paulo elected Municipal Councilwoman Erika Hilton, a Black travesti and former sex worker who is a member of…

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