South America

LGBTI Rights in South America


ADDED ON: 12/07/2021

Argentina made history by legally recognising non-binary people, but now they’re left ‘in limbo’

Argentina made history in July as the first country in Latin America to legally recognise non-binary people – but people issued with documents showing their gender as ‘X’ say they have been…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2021

Chile lawmakers set to approve same-sex marriage bill

Santiago (AFP) – Chile's parliament is set to approve a long-awaited bill to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday, joining just a handful of countries in majority Catholic Latin America with similar laws. The bill will…

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ADDED ON: 12/01/2021

Chile makes history with election of first-ever trans person to its legislature

Chile has made history by electing the first-ever transgender official to its legislature during the 2021 parliamentary elections. Emilia Schneider, a transgender woman and activist, received 26,000 votes on 21 November. She…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2021

Brazilian film traces suffering of LGBTQIA community in 1980

The 52nd International Film Festival of India (Iffi) saw the Asian premiere of a film on the LGBTQIA community, ‘The First Fallen’, by Brazilian filmmaker Rodrigo de Oliveira. The film traces the…

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2021

Chile’s lower house approves same-sex marriage, bill sent back to Senate

Chile's lower house approved on Tuesday a bill that would permit same-sex marriage in the South American country of 19 million, sending the measure back to the Senate where it appears to…

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2021

Brazilian gymnast Arthur Nory says he has a boyfriend

Arthur Nory, an Olympic medalist and world champion gymnast from Brazil, has announced on Instagram that he has a boyfriend. In an Instagram post in late October, Nory wished marketing analyst João…

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ADDED ON: 11/14/2021

Thousands march in Chilean capital’s pride parade

Police in Santiago told Reuters the parade was "massive," but did not give participation figures. The LGBT community wants Chile to approve equal marriage or the adoption of children by same-sex couples.…

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ADDED ON: 10/27/2021

Brazil’s anti-LGBTQ president claims COVID-19 vaccines cause AIDS

Brazil’s anti-LGBTQ President Jair Bolsonaro claimed that the COVID-19 vaccines cause AIDS in a video posted to social media, which Facebook and other platforms deleted days later because it violated their policies…

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ADDED ON: 10/22/2021

NGOs scramble to dampen COVID-19’s impact on people living with HIV

NEW YORK/PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, Oct 18 (Openly) - South African domestic worker Mabuyi Dlamini always dreaded the bumpy, day-long minibus journey she had to make each month to pick up her HIV…

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ADDED ON: 10/06/2021

Gay Brazilian senator confronts pro-Bolsonaro businessman

Brazilian Sen. Fabiano Contarato on Sept. 30 won praise across the country when he publicly confronted homophobic social media attacks. In a session of the Senate’s Parliamentary Inquiry Committee that is investigating…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2021

Latin America LGBTQI+ Panel at San Sebastian: Trends, Hurdles

Taking place inside a cool, concrete extension of the San Telmo Museum, a dedicated Basque cultural hub, the challenges facing LGBTQI+ cinema in Latin America was the subject of an industry panel…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2021

Global community needs to help save Brazil’s democracy

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro used the country’s independence holiday, Sept. 7, to rally his supporters in protests against Brazil’s democratic institutions, particularly the judiciary; basically the only institution at present that checks…

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