ADDED ON: 06/01/2019

In Colombia’s remote tribes, LGBT+ people face abuse, shame

05/31/2019 | Yahoo News

Colombia’s LGBT+ people who live in black and indigenous communities must cope with violence, humiliation and efforts to “cure” them of their sexual identities, according to research released on Thursday. Their lives in Colombia’s desert Wayuu tribe or Afro-Colombian communities along the rainforest Pacific Coast are often overlooked by the government, leaving LGBT+ people with little support, from health care to education, said the report by rights groups Caribe Afirmativo and Colombia Diversa. Colombia has passed laws supporting LGBT+ rights since 2015, allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. Transgender people can change their names on identity cards. But indigenous and black communities, often remote or isolated, can be conservative, strongly religious and unbending in their traditional views, the study said.


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