South America

LGBTI Rights in South America


ADDED ON: 05/19/2019

Amid fear, Brazil’s LGBT+ politicians vow to fight back against attacks

Brazilian openly gay politician Fabio Felix used to feel comfortable holding his boyfriend’s hand and kissing him in public, but after the swearing in of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro nearly six months…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

Peru gay marriage bill ‘doomed’ this year: congressman

Peruvian lawmaker Alberto de Belaunde, one of only two openly gay members of the country’s Congress, has little hope that he will be able to marry his longtime partner any time soon.…

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ADDED ON: 05/16/2019

How This Black Gay Politician Is Standing Up to the Far-Right Government in Brazil

For his first two weeks in Brazil’s Congress in February, David Miranda was too scared to take the microphone. Far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro, known for homophobic and racist outbursts and policy pledges…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Peru holds out some hope for Venezuelan migrants with HIV

Sulaida Ramirez Davila sat in a support group for those with AIDS and HIV, like her son, Rafael Olivares. Tears welled up as she recalled her decision three years ago to leave…

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ADDED ON: 05/07/2019

Bolsonaro cancels US trip after outcry from LGBT activists

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has cancelled an upcoming trip to the U.S. amid growing outrage among LGBT activists and other groups. Bolsonaro was scheduled to accept an award from the Brazilian-American Chamber…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

Transgender woman of African descent makes history in Brazil

São Paulo Congresswoman Érica Malunguinho made history last fall when she became the first transgender woman elected to a state congress in Brazil. The groundbreaking politician who is also of African descent …

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2019

Ex-president Da Silva: Brazil governed by ‘crazy people’

From the federal police headquarters where he is serving a sentence for corruption and money laundering, Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the South American country is now being…

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ADDED ON: 05/02/2019

Furia Marica – the meaning of ‘faggot’ and LGBT rights In Colombia

In a country like Colombia, which has somehow taught itself to use the word gonorrhea as a term of endearment, it is not surprising that the word marica (or faggot) has also…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Bolsonaro Backlash: Event Honoring Brazilian President Calls into Question Corporate Support of LGBT Rights

Marriott International, among many big corporations, has gone on record in support of the LGBT community. Its CEO, Arne Sorenson, has been one of the most vocal defenders of LGBT rights in…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2019

Hopeful signs for LGBT people in the Caribbean

In the Caribbean, homophobia remains a problem, but LGBT people are seeing increased signs of public acceptance, including politicians coming out in support of their LGBT constituents. In St. Lucia, the National…

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“Homoaffectionate Law” and a Revolutionary Change in The Legal System

By Nóra Blaskovits Maria Berenice Dias was the very first woman who became a justice of the state highest Court of Appeals in Brazil. An activist for the rights of the LGBT…

ADDED ON: 04/26/2019

Brazil must not become a ‘gay tourism paradise’, says Bolsonaro

Brazil’s far-right president, the self-declared homophobe Jair Bolsonaro, has been accused of inciting hatred towards LGBT people after declaring the South American country should not become a “gay tourism paradise”. “If you…

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