South America

LGBTI Rights in South America


ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

Brazil’s Evangelicals say Far-Right Presidential Candidate is Answer to Their Prayers

On a visit to Israel two years ago, far-right Brazilian lawmaker Jair Bolsonaro leaned back into the River Jordan in a white robe to be baptized in the arms of a fellow…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

More than 300 LGBT+ People Have Been Killed in Brazil so Far This Year

More than 300 people in Brazil have been killed in anti-LGBT hate crimes so far this year. One of the murders from this year was that of 38-year-old black, lesbian councilwoman Marielle…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

Brazil’s Transgender Volleyball Star Eyes Congress Seat

After a decade of tearing up professional men’s volleyball leagues in Europe, Tiffany Abreu is used to taking on steep challenges. Fresh from becoming Brazil’s first transgender player, she is running for…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2018

Dua Lipa Speaks Out About Brazil’s Anti-LGBT Presidential Candidate Jair Bolsonaro

Singer Dua Lipa and other musicians have spoken out against Brazil’s anti-LGBT presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. The politician, who is a frontrunner in the presidential race, has made several homophobic comments, including…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2018

Brazilian Football Club Condemns its Fans After ‘queers will be killed’ Chant

A Brazilian football club has condemned its own supporters after they chanted death threats at opposing fans. On Sunday (September 16), during a 0-0 draw between Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro, Mineiro supporters…

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ADDED ON: 09/14/2018

Regional Teamwork Needed to Push Gay Agenda Forward

Executive Director of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG), Jaevion Nelson, has called on LGBT communities throughout the region to adopt a unified approach to advancing the gay agenda. Nelson delivered a lecture at…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2018

Brazil’s Leading Presidential Candidate’s ‘Moral Compass’ is Anti-LGBT

Jair Bolsonaro, who was an army captain under a bloody dictatorship and favors military rule, is leading Brazil’s presidential polls after former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was barred from running…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

Over 50 Trans-Candidates Registered for Brazilian General Election

At least 50 transgendered candidates have registered to participate in Brazil's October general elections. Although candidates may be removed for not fulfilling requirements outlined by the Electoral Justice Court, the current number,…

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ADDED ON: 09/05/2018

An Opportunity for LGBTI Rights in Ecuador

When two same-sex couples went to the civil registry in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador to get married last April, they were refused. The registry argued no Ecuadorian laws would permit their…

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ADDED ON: 09/01/2018

Chile Launches LGBT Workplace Inclusion Survey

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has teamed up with Chilean LGBT activist group Fundación Iguales to create a survey gauging how LGBT-friendly Chilean workplaces are. The survey looks at nondiscrimination policies, diverse…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2018

In Northern Colombia, LGBT Rights Meet Indigenous Prejudice

Prejudice “is an everyday thing,” says Tania Duarte, a gay community leader in Cartagena, the historic port and resort on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Her gait is firm and determined, as she steps…

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ADDED ON: 08/29/2018

Brazil: Judge Suspends Prohibition on Gender, Sexuality Courses

Brazilian judge Luis Roberto Barroso of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) has temporarily suspended a municipal law in the capital city of Palmas, Tocantins, which vetoed courses on gender and sexuality in municipal public…

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