South America

LGBTI Rights in South America


ADDED ON: 08/03/2019

Chilean Senate Once Again Begins Equal Marriage Debate

The Chilean Senate’s Constitution Committee on Tuesday once again began to debate an equal marriage bill that former President Michelle Bachelet introduced two years ago. The renewed legislative debate was announced last…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2019

Activism is Survival for Brazilian Trans Women

Since the campaign and subsequent election of Jair Bolsonaro, who was long known for trotting out hate speech against marginalized communities in his bid for Brazil’s presidency, violence against LGBTQ folks has…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2019

In Bolsonaro’s Brazil, LGBT people take personal defense into their own hands

Miguel Doldan couldn't get the thought out of his head: People wanted him dead. The passersby on the streets, the riders on the bus - they looked friendly, but many of them,…

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ADDED ON: 07/21/2019

Couple celebrate first same-sex wedding in conservative Ecuador

Alexandra Chavez and Michelle Aviles have made history in conservative Ecuador by becoming the first couple to take advantage of a new law allowing same-sex marriage. Chavez, 41, and Aviles, 23, were…

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ADDED ON: 07/16/2019

Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal in Ecuador, but Will All Ecuadorians Accept It?

Ecuador’s highest court ruled last month that the country’s prohibition on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The 5-4 verdict was a victory for LGBT activists in the heavily Catholic country, but it is…

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ADDED ON: 07/10/2019

The sentences of the Constitutional Court on equal marriage are final and can not be appealed in Ecuador

"The judgments and the orders of the Constitutional Court shall have the character of final and unappealable." This textual citation is article 440 of the Constitution of Montecristi and is applicable to…

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ADDED ON: 07/09/2019

Anti-corruption advocate on her way to become Bogota’s first LGBT mayor

One of Colombia’s leading anti-corruption advocates is on her way to become the first gay mayor of the capital Bogota, according to multiple public opinion polls. A poll that was published on…

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ADDED ON: 07/05/2019

Venezuela’s transgender community fears hormone shortages

André Bellorín has fought a long battle for the body that matches his identity. He has been through two operations, a bitter conflict with his mother and an expensive course of hormone…

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ADDED ON: 07/02/2019

Argentina says Guyana’s LGBTI community needs receptive police, hate crime laws

Argentina, which chairs the 40-nation Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) that fights for the human rights of gays and bisexuals, wants Guyanese police to make reporting hate crimes easier and for the South…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2019

The LGBTQ artists using music as resistance in Latin America

Over the last decade, several openly queer musicians have emerged in Latin America. They use their music to combat hate. As the region has seen a rise of extreme right-wing beliefs, progress…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2019

Brazil’s Biggest Employer of Trans People Flies Its Pride Flag

With some 11,000 workers, the Guararapes Confeccoes SA is the biggest employer in Rio Grande do Norte state on Brazil’s northeast coast. In a typical month, the company hires around 100 people;…

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ADDED ON: 06/25/2019

Gay Pride Parade Draws Hundreds of Thousands in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hundreds of thousands marched through the streets of Sao Paulo in Brazil on Sunday in the city’s annual gay pride march, with demonstrators protesting the policies of the country’s far-right President Jair…

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