South America

LGBTI Rights in South America


ADDED ON: 12/29/2018

Meet the lesbian prisoner who won apology from Colombian government

Marta Álvarez was subjected to almost a decade of abuse and humiliation because of her sexuality. The lesbian activist spent nine years in a Colombian prison and experienced a series of relentless homophobic attacks…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2018

Fleeing persecution, LGBT+ migrants seek refuge in South America

Growing up in Jamaica's Montego Bay, Glenroy enjoyed an idyllic childhood - until his family discovered he was gay. They physically attacked him and threw him out of the house, triggering an…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2018

Colombia hands down first conviction for murder of trans woman

A court has handed down Colombia's first conviction for the murder of a transsexual woman. In the sentence dated Dec 3 and published Monday (Dec 17), a judge sentenced defendant Davinson Erazo…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2018

Beautiful photos from Brazil’s mass same-sex wedding ceremony

Dozens of same-sex couples tied the knot Saturday at a mass gay wedding ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil. Many LGBTI people in the South American country are fearful for their rights following the…

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ADDED ON: 12/16/2018

Brazil’s gay couples exchange vows in collective ceremony

About forty gay couples got married in downtown Sao Paulo on Saturday, tying the knot partly out of fear that the new administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro could restrict same sex marriage.…

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ADDED ON: 12/13/2018

Brazil: Same-sex Couples Rush to the Alter Ahead of Bolsonaro Inauguration

On the night of the Brazilian election, Bianca Gama cried as it became clear that the country’s next president would be Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician whose career has been marked by homophobia. As…

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ADDED ON: 12/12/2018

Gay men claim football for their own in Brazil

Growing up gay in Vitoria, a city of almost 2 million in south-eastern Brazil, Joao Paulo Silvares never really liked playing football, the country's national sport and passion. "I was scared to…

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ADDED ON: 12/11/2018

Argentina, UK to co-chair LGBT rights organisation for two years

Argentina and the United Kingdom have been chosen Monday to co-chair the Equal Rights Coalition for two years starting next June, to succeed Chile and Canada at the helm of the first-ever…

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Instituto Nice Creates Opportunities for Trans Brazilians

“My dream is to get married and be able to guarantee my partner the right to stay on the small piece of land I have.” When Valeria Rodriguez heard this request from…

ADDED ON: 12/06/2018

Brazil Attempts To End Gender And Sexuality Education In Schools

President Jair Bolsonaro’s win was a grave day for Brazilian LGBTI individuals. Not only did the former army captain actively come out against LGBT rights, but he’s now going after gender and…

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ADDED ON: 12/06/2018

Holiday Hiring in Brazil Reaches Out to Transgender Community

Brazilian LGBT+ rights activists on Tuesday hailed Dutch retailer C&A for directing a new hiring campaign at underrepresented minorities, including transgender people. The company announced that it would be hiring for 5,000…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Gay couples in Brazil marrying sooner for fear of Bolsonaro bias

After 15 years together, social networks manager Marcelo Serrano and designer Wellington Pereti decided to get married immediately instead of waiting until the end of 2019 as they had planned, out of…

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