ADDED ON: 08/07/2019

Effort to Roll Back Transgender Rights Fails in Uruguay

08/06/2019 | VOA News

A ballot-box effort to roll back transgender rights in Uruguay failed to draw enough voters to the polls to trigger a national referendum, prompting LGBT+ rights supporters to declare victory on Monday over the conservative-backed initiative. Fewer than 10% of eligible voters came out on Sunday in support of the effort, which sought to strike down a 2018 law that made it easier for trans people to change their gender identity and guaranteed their right to health care. A turnout of at least 25% was required to put the question to a nationwide vote. Among the most progressive countries in Latin America, Uruguay often has been at the vanguard of LGBT+ rights in the region. Gay sex has been legal in Uruguay since 1933, and LGBT discrimination was outlawed in 2003. It approved gay adoption in 2009 and same-sex marriage in 2013.

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