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Costa Rica’s top court rules against gay marriage ban

Bogota (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Costa Rica’s top court has ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a decision seen as a win for gay rights activists and welcomed by the country’s new president. The Supreme Court gave lawmakers up to 18 months to legalize gay marriage, which has long been opposed by… Read more »

Belize Supreme Court Overturns Anti-Gay Law

A law in Belize criminalizing same-sex intimacy was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday by the country’s Supreme Court. The challenge to Section 53 of the Belize Criminal Code, which banned “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and disproportionately affected gay men, was brought by Caleb Orozco, who leads LGBTQ rights group United Belize Advocacy Movement.… Read more »

3 LGBT Rights Activists Murdered In Southern Mexico

According to the AP, the bodies were found on a road between Taxco and Cuernavaca. The bodies had bullet wounds to the head. The victims were identified as activists Ruben Estrada, Carlos Uriel Lopez and Roberto Vega. Roberto Alvarez, a security spokesman for Guerrero, said Tuesday that the killings may have been linked to extortion.… Read more »

Mexico City’s gay subway – in pictures

David Graham had heard that gay men in Mexico City used the underground as a cruising labyrinth – and its ground zero was the legendary ‘last car’. Could it be true? The Last Car: Cruising in Mexico City by David Graham is published by Kehrer Source – The Guardian

Costa Ricans Reject Presidential Candidate Who Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

Costa Rican voters on Sunday rejected a presidential candidate who rose to political prominence by campaigning against marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. According to The Washington Post, Carlos Alvarado of the ruling Citizen Action Party received 60.8 percent of the vote, while his opponent, Christian evangelical pastor Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration… Read more »

Gay club provides normalcy in one of world’s most dangerous cities

San Pedro Sula, Honduras — The two dance floors at Dance Floor, a gay club in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula’s Zona Viva, were full of people shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Two men in their early 20s were dancing perreo, which roughly translates into “doggy style” in English, in one corner… Read more »

El Salvador’s Supreme Court Blocks Constitutional Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

El Salvador’s Supreme Court has blocked a change to the nation’s constitution that would bar same-sex marriage. According to the AP, the nation’s highest court blocked lawmakers from ratifying the measure. The constitutional change would recognize marriage as a heterosexual union and prohibit same-sex couples from adopting children. For the measure to become law, it… Read more »

An incredible court ruling just ordered 16 countries to make same-sex marriage legal

A landmark court ruling has ordered 16 new countries to make same-sex marriage legal. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights reached a decision today on a marriage equality petition submitted two years ago by Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis. 20 countries agreed to follow the court’s rulings when they signed the American Convention on… Read more »

Muxes: gender-fluid lives in a small Mexican town

In the latest Guardian documentary we meet three muxes, people whose gender identity is unique to the Oaxaca region and the indigenous Zapoteca culture In Juchitán, Mexico, muxes – children identified as male at birth, but who choose at a young age to be raised as female – are embraced as part of the community.… Read more »

Sir Ian McKellen honours Belizean LGBT activist who battled to overturn anti-gay law

Sir Ian McKellen has presented this year’s David Kato Vision and Voice Award to an activist who successfully battled to overturn Belize’s anti-gay laws. The David Kato Vision and Voice Award is presented every year in memory of murdered Ugandan LGBT campaigner David Kato. This year, the award was presented by veteran actor and LGBT… Read more »

Mexico’s gay couples fight backlash against same-sex marriage

The supreme court ruled last year that restricting marriage to heterosexuals was discriminatory but well-funded Christian groups are staging a fightback After 19 years together, Inés Acevedo and Yolanda Torres finally tied the knot last September, at a collective wedding in the Mexican city of Querétaro. But their marriage was tragically short lived: less than… Read more »

Belizean LGBT activist to be honoured with David Kato Award for battle to overturn anti-gay law

An LGBT activist from Belize is the winner of this year’s David Kato Vision and Voice Award, in recognition of his successful battle to overturn his country’s anti-gay laws. The David Kato Vision and Voice Award is presented every year in memory of murdered Ugandan LGBT campaigner David Kato. Mr Kato, a Sexual Minorities Uganda… Read more »

The UN’s LGBT expert has advocated for a global partnership to end violence

He advocated for unity in his keynote speech at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in Bangkok. Vitit Muntarbhorn said: “resolute action is required to stop the violence and discrimination affecting not only LGBT communities but also the human rights defenders working with them… “this goes hand in hand with the… Read more »

Belize Government Opens Door For Appeal Of Court Ruling That Legalized Gay Sex

Belmopan, Belize, Monday September 12, 2016 – After weeks of insisting it would not appeal a decision by the country’s chief justice that made sex between consenting homosexuals legal, the Belize government is challenging one aspect of it. It wants the interpretation of the word “sex” in the Constitution to remain male/female instead of extending… Read more »

Thousands rally against gay marriage in Tijuana: ‘We have the right to defend our values’

Thousands of opponents of same-sex marriage, including Tijuana’s new Roman Catholic archbishop, gathered for a rally in the city Saturday to protest Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposed constitutional reform favoring the right of couples to marry regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. The morning march to City Hall was one of dozens of… Read more »

Belize Won’t Appeal Ruling Overturning Ban On Gay Sex

The government of Belize announced Wednesday that it would not appeal a ruling that overturned the nation’s anti-sodomy laws. Last week, Belize Supreme Court Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled unconstitutional Section 53 of the country’s Criminal Code, which banned “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” widely interpreted to mean sodomy between two men or… Read more »

Belize Overturns Ban On Gay Sex

Belize’s highest court on Wednesday struck down the tiny nation’s anti-sodomy laws, making it the first Caribbean nation to do so. The country’s Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional Section 53 of its Criminal Code, which banned “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” widely interpreted to mean sodomy between two men or between a man and… Read more »

The Massacre at a Mexican Gay Bar That No One Talked About

The LGBT community in Latin America regularly faces violence, and Islam has nothing to do with it. While reactions to the horrific shooting of an Orlando LGBT club have focused on attacker’s alleged links to Islamic extremists—despite pledging allegiance to both the Islamic State group and nemesis Hezbollah—news of a similar attack on a popular… Read more »

LGBTI rights: Important legal precedent in the Caribbean

In a landmark decision delivered on Friday, June 10, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that as a homosexual I must be allowed into Belize and Trinidad notwithstanding their laws that ban the entry of gays. The court also urged both countries to repeal these archaic bits of legislation, which create confusion for travel… Read more »

Honduras: 215 LGBT people killed in 7 years

LGBTs at risk of torture, imprisonment & assassination, with impunity London, UK – A new report from Index on Censorship exposes the torture, imprisonment and assassination of LGBT people and activists in Honduras. The research, published by SAGE, carried out by journalist Duncan Tucker utilising data collected by on-the-ground NGOs, reveals some shocking statistics: *… Read more »

Lawmakers In Nayarit, Mexico Approve Gay Marriage Bill

Lawmakers in the Mexican state of Nayarit earlier this month approved a bill which allows gay and lesbian couples to marry in the state. Nayarit is expected to become the fourth Mexican municipality where gay couples can tie the knot, though marriage equality is technically possible throughout the country. Two additional states – Chihuahua and… Read more »

Mexican Top Court Strikes Down Jalisco’s Gay Marriage Ban

The First Chamber of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice on Wednesday struck down an article of civil code in the state of Jalisco that prohibited gay couples from marrying. A gay and a lesbian couple challenged the western state’s civil code after they were denied marriage licenses. Article 258 of the Jalisco Civil Code… Read more »

Lesbian couple face up to six years in jail – just for getting married

Two women face up to six years in jail for holding a same-sex marriage in Costa Rica – despite a ban. Laura Florez-Estrada and Jazmin Elizondo successfully registered their marriage in over the summer. Although same-sex marriage is banned in the country, the pair were able to marry due to a 24-year-old clerical error that… Read more »

Mexico Supreme Court Strikes Gay Marriage Bans; Chihuahua Joins Equality States

Mexico’s highest court has struck down state bans on gay marriage as unconstitutional for a fifth time. A state law which considers the ultimate purpose of marriage to be “procreation, and or defines [marriage] as celebrated between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional,” Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled. The ruling, delivered June 3 but made… Read more »

Mexico: Court rules same-sex marriage bans ‘discriminatory’

Mexico’s highest court has called bans on same-sex marriage “totally unjustified”. The court was responding to a petition for legal recourse submitted by a gay couple against state laws in Sinaloa which prevented them from marrying. The Supreme Court said in a statement: “The contested provisions are clearly discriminatory because the relationships in which homosexual… Read more »

Hearings begin over LGBT rights to travel in Caribbean

LGBTI rights activist Maurice Tomlinson provides this report on the first day of hearings at the Caribbean Court of Justice in connection with his case challenging the ban against gays entering Belize and Trinidad & Tobago. The case started with me giving evidence based on my witness statement. As expected, the lawyer for Trinidad and… Read more »

QueerView March 13: A Look Back At The Week In LGBT News Stories

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. This regular feature is titled “QueerView.” LGBT Activist Describes Queer Life In Mexico City Estefania Vela Barba discusses what it’s like to be queer in Mexico City. Click Here Source… Read more »

QueerView March 13: A Look Back At The Week In LGBT News Stories

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every Friday for your queer news round-up in this regular feature titled “QueerView.” LGBT Activist Describes Queer Life In Mexico City Estefania Vela Barba discusses what it’s like… Read more »

7 battlefields: The fight for LGBTI rights in the Caribbean

A recap of recent gains, losses and ongoing battles over LGBTI rights in seven Caribbean nations (Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad, Belize, Barbados, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands), with help from coverage in the Caribbean IRN Blog of the International Resource Network: Areas With Anti-Gay Laws Guyana U.N. action: During Guyana’s recent Universal Periodic Review before the… Read more »

Mexico: First same-sex couple finally marry in Baja California

The first same-sex couple have married in the Mexican state of Baja California, after a protracted legal battle and numerous failed attempts. The Mexican Supreme Court ruled last year that the northern state – which borders the US state of California – could not prevent Victor Aguirre Espinoza and Fernando Urías Amparo from marrying. However,… Read more »

Report: 594 LGBT people murdered in Americas during 15-month period

A report the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released on Wednesday indicates anti-LGBT violence claimed the lives of at least 594 people in the Western Hemisphere between Jan. 1, 2013, and March 31 of this year. More than half of these reported deaths during this 15-month period took place in Brazil. These include an 8-year-old… Read more »

Belizean LGBT Rights Violations

Blog is all LGBT Belizean experiences about homophobia, violence and general discrimination. Deconstructing a System of Oppression in Belize and the Caribbean As a presenter at the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex Association World Conference in Mexico City in October. It was my hope that I could share our experience on L.G.B.T activism in… Read more »

Gay Marriage Law Takes Effect In Mexican State Of Coahuila

Gay and lesbian couples on Wednesday began applying for marriage licenses after a law legalizing such unions took effect in the Mexican state of Coahuila. Coahuila, which is bordered by Texas to its north, is the first Mexican state to legislatively allow gay couples to marry. On Monday, September 1, an overwhelming majority of lawmakers… Read more »

Same-sex marriage and adoption approved in another Mexican state

The Mexican state of Coahuila has joined one other state and Mexico City in legally recognising same-sex marriages. The state voted the bill into law yesterday. Presenting the bill was Samuel Acevedo, who said he wanted all gay and lesbian couples to have equal rights to straight couples. He said the legislation would help to… Read more »

Belize faces heat over rights of Maya, LGBTI and migrant workers

Belize City—In a recent meeting held in Mexico City, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), called out Belize over alleged human rights violations against the Maya community, migrant workers and the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex) community. The IACHR, which took issue with… Read more »

Honduran LGBT leader talks coup, U.S. gov’t

Honduran LGBT leader Nelson Arambu, from the Movimiento de Diverisdad en Resistencia, addressed a crowd of about 60 people at the Berger Park Cultural Center July 2. Arambu spoke about the issues facing LGBT people in Honduras and the links between the U.S. and Honduran governments. Arambu, who is openly gay, shared background information on… Read more »

Mexico City: Thousands celebrate pride and call for an end to homophobia

Twelve thousand turned out in the streets of Mexico’s capital to celebrate pride on Saturday, under the protective gaze of around 1,900 police officers. The celebrators stopped in front of the Senate to protest the Family and Human Development Committee, whose chairman, Jose Maria Martinez, has spoken out against abortion and same sex marriage in… Read more »

Belize Transgender Woman Stoned And Beaten By Mob

Belize City, Belize – An 18 year-old transgender woman was attacked with stones and beaten by a mob on Tuesday evening in Belize City. The incident happened just after 6 pm. The young woman identifying as Vanessa Champagne Paris reported she was verbally attacked when a man spotted and shouted at her “why is a… Read more »

Isabella: Honduran Woman Seeks Protection in U.S. Where She Can Embrace Her Gay Identity

Isabella* is a 31 year old woman who always knew she was gay, even when she was a little girl. In her home country of Honduras, however, LGBT individuals are routinely physically and sexually abused, tortured, and persecuted. It wasn’t until coming to the United States as a young adult, fleeing violence in Honduras, that… Read more »

Gay Honduran Immigrant Fights to Stay in Florida to Escape Torture, Abuse, Lawyer Says

Italo Morales is on the run. The 27-year-old from Honduras is trying to scrape up the cash to sneak through the border from Mexico to El Paso, Texas. After that, he plans on speeding through the southern United States on his way to Florida. He’s headed toward Hollywood – home for the past 10 years… Read more »