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LGBTI Rights in South America


ADDED ON: 08/26/2021

Uruguay starts to dance again as pandemic subsides

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — After long months of illness, Uruguay is once again starting to dance. The government last week authorized ballrooms and event halls to open as the country’s COVID-19 death…

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ADDED ON: 08/11/2021

Guyana decriminalizes cross-dressing

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana on Tuesday officially decriminalized cross-dressing. Local media reports indicate lawmakers in the South American country approved a measure to remove cross-dressing from the colonial-era Summary Jurisdiction (Offenses) Act.…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2021

Argentina Goes Further To Protect LGBTQ Rights With New Law On Trans Employment

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to reporter Daniel Politi in Buenos Aires about new Argentine laws designed to help trans people find employment. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: For years, Argentina has been at the…

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ADDED ON: 08/04/2021

Peru LGBTQ activists express concern over country’s new government

Activists in Peru have expressed concern over their country’s new government and whether it will actively oppose LGBTQ rights. President Pedro Castillo, a teacher from Cajamarca region of northern Peru who is…

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ADDED ON: 08/01/2021

X MARKS THE SOGI RIGHTS OF NONBINARY PEOPLE IN ARGENTINA

  Argentina continues to lead the way in SOGI (sexual orientation gender identity) human rights. It is the first country in Latin America to now recognize the gender identity of nonbinary people…

ADDED ON: 07/22/2021

UK to engage Guyana on LGBT rights, abolishing death penalty and decriminalising suicide

The United Kingdom (UK), through its High Commission in Guyana, intends to engage the Irfaan Ali led government on major human rights issues in the coming months. These include but are not…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2021

Chile senators approve gay marriage bill; one step left

Senators in Chile passed a long-awaited bill Wednesday authorizing same-sex marriage, in what LGBT campaigners hope will be the penultimate step to its final approval. Chile, which legalized same-sex civil unions in…

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ADDED ON: 07/22/2021

Argentina rolls out ID cards for non-binary people

In a first for South America, people who do not identify as male or female can tick a third box in their ID cards. People who neither identify as male nor female…

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ADDED ON: 07/03/2021

Brazilian potential presidential candidate announces he is gay

Brazilian governor and potential major party presidential candidate Eduardo Leite, a prominent critic of President Jair Bolsonaro, came out as gay in a TV interview. Leite, governor of the southern state of…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2021

Venezuelan activists say there is little to celebrate this Pride month

Activists in Venezuela say there is little to celebrate this LGBTI Pride month, which they say is behind in South America on legislation protecting members of the LGBTI community. Venezuela still bars…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2021

Transgender job quota law seen ‘changing lives’ in Argentina

A law reserving 1% of Argentina’s public sector jobs for transgender people will transform everyday life for the country’s trans community, LGBT+ activists said on Friday after Congress gave final approval for…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2021

Guyana government introduces bill to repeal defunct cross-dressing ban

The Guyanese government has introduced a bill to repeal its defunct criminal ban on cross-dressing, Starbroek News reports. The law had previously been struck down by the Caribbean Court of Justice in…

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