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Year in Review: LGBT Rights in Latin America

  • Members of the LGBT community carry a rainbow flag during a march in support of gay marriage, sexual and gender diversity in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, June 10 2018.

    Members of the LGBT community carry a rainbow flag during a march in support of gay marriage, sexual and gender diversity in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, June 10 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 19 June 2018

TeleSUR takes a look at some key events for LGBT rights in the past year in Latin America and the Caribbean.

May 5, 2017: Bermuda: Same-sex marriage becomes legal after a supreme court case

August 1, 2017: Puebla, Mexico: Same sex marriage is legalized

August 10, 2017: Saint Lucia: Homosexual activity criminalized, punished by imprisonment

September 22, 2017: A Brazilian federal court overturns 20 year ban on “conversion therapy,” sparking protests in Sao Paulo.

October 6, 2017: Lawyer and activist Michelle Suarez becomes Uruguay's first transgender senator, assuming the position as a substitute for Communist Party Senator Marcos Carambula.

January 10, 2018: Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) backs same sex marriage, which appllies to all countries which have signed the American convention on human rights.

March 5, 2018: Chilean actress, Daniela Vega, becomes first transgender person to present at the Oscars. Vega starred in the film “A Fantastic Woman,” which took home the best foreign film award at the 2018 Oscars.

Chilean actress Daniela Vega (center) became the first transgender woman to present at the Oscars. Source: Reuters

March 12, 2018: Colombia elects two legislators to Congress who identify as LGBT. Angelica Lozano Correa and Mauricio Andres Toro Orjuela from the Green Alliance elected to the House of Representatives and Senate.

March 14, 2018: Brazilian politician and LGBT activist with the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) was murdered. Her killing resulted in mass protests across Brazil and international condemnation.

March 15, 2018: Mayor of Torreon, Mexico, forces transgender people to carry “health” ID cards, and ten people arrested for “moral damage crimes.”

March 12, 2018: Argentina begins trial of Gabriel Dabid Marino, for the murder of LGBT activist Diana Sacayan who was stabbed to death in 2015.

March 28, 2018: A court in Lima annulled a previous sentence that ordered the government to recognize and register same-sex marriages, in a major setback for Peruvian LGBT

April 12, 2018: Trinidad and Tobago's High Court decriminalizes gay sex.

Jason Jones, activist of the LGBT community celebrates the decriminalization of gay sex. Source: Reuters

May 4, 2018: Cuba observes its 11th day against homophobia and transphobia

May 8, 2018: Rio De Janeiro city council members pass six of the seven bills proposed by murdered LGBT rights activist and council member, Marielle Franco before her death.

May 19, 2018: Investigation of Guatemalan police records show that over 150 people have been persecuted for homosexuality by police, even though homosexuality wasn't a crime.

May 21, 2018: Pope Francis tells a Chilean gay man “God made you this way.”

May 30, 2018: Chile legalizes gender change without requiring sex change surgery

May 30, 2018: Ecuadorean court recognizes a gay couple as a family

June 5, 2018: Barbados LGBT Activists seek to fight buggery laws at IACHR

June 18, 2018: Gabriel David Marino receives a life sentence for the murder of LGBT activist Diana Sacayan, in a historical “transvesticide” trial in Argentina.

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