Latin America: while some countries advance in rights, violence does not stop for the LGTBIQ + community
Advances in rights for LGTBIQ+ in Latin America are continuous: Chile He is already celebrating his first same-sex marriages, Argentina includes the option 'x' in the DNI for non-binary people, riding a Peru The Gender Identity Law will be promoted again in Congress and in Colombia New legislation for non-binary people is also being worked on. Setbacks are also constant: the Bolsonaro's Brazil is extremely hostile to the collective and in Salvador have passed a law to restrict the rights of the population LGTBIQ +.
Discrimination and violence are particularly prevalent against the trans collective. In the last two years, both trans femicides and cases of violence against this group have grown in the region, especially in Brazil, the country where the highest number of homicides against trans people are committed. This, added to the poverty and social exclusion in which they have historically lived, produces a suffocating reality for transgender, transsexual and transvestite people who live on the continent.
Murders due to LGTBIphobia
Particularly chilling is what is happening in Medellin. The population LGTBIQ + She has been frightened for several weeks since six members of the community have been found dead in their homes or hotel rooms, tied hand and foot, apparently killed by suffocation. They were allegedly killed after arranging sexual encounters on a gay dating app. In Venezuela there was also a wave of murders last year that shocked the population. Three LGTBIQ+ deaths in less than 48 hours outraged the society that took to the streets to condemn the murders.
Between October 2020 and September 2021, the Trans Persons Observatory Murdered registered in Brazil the highest number of cases of homicides of trans people (125), followed by Mexico (65), Honduras (53) and Colombia (25).