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Ruling Legalizing Gay Marriage In Costa Rica Takes Effect Tuesday

Conservative lawmakers in Costa Rica are attempting to block a ruling legalizing same-sex marriage from taking effect on Tuesday. Costa Rica’s constitutional court in 2018 struck down the nation’s ban on gay and lesbian couples marrying. The court’s majority opinion gave lawmakers 18 months to change the law. Otherwise its ruling would take effect on… Read more »

Same-sex marriage has finally been legalised in Costa Rica

Equal marriage has finally been legalised in Costa Rica, with the first-ever same-sex marriage registrations to be processed at the end of this month. According to Q Costa Rica, the country’s Civil Registry will begin processing the registrations on May 26. Official Luis Guillermo Chinchilla told the publication that everything had been prepared, and said:… Read more »

First murder of transgender woman in El Salvador this year reported

Editor’s note: The Washington Blade published a Spanish version of this article on Sunday. Ciudad Delgado, El Salvador — A transgender woman was found dead in El Salvador on Jan. 17. The body of Briyit Michelle Alas, 22, was found in the Santa Margarita 2 neighborhood of Ciudad Delgado. She was not immediately identified because… Read more »

Being gay in Guatemala is ‘a political issue’

Aldo Davila took office this month as Guatemala’s first ever openly gay member of parliament. He spoke to DW about this historic moment in a country where homophobia is still rampant. Guatemala’s Aldo Davila has been interested in politics since he was a teenager. He has always empathized with those struggling in Guatemala’s unequal and… Read more »

Costa Rica says YES to marriage equality and transgender rights

The IACHR has issued a landmark ruling stating that Costa Rica must guarantee same-sex couples have equal rights and have given transgender individuals rights to name and gender change on official documents. On Tuesday, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) issued a landmark ruling that recognises same-sex marriage and transgender rights in Costa-Rica. The… Read more »

Sorry about it homophobes, but Belize’s appeal courts just unanimously ruled that gay sex is definitely legal

A battle against an outdated colonial law has finally come to an end, after the court of appeals in Belize unanimously upheld a 2016 ruling that a ban on gay sex is unconditional. Section 53 of the country’s criminal code, which dubbed same-sex desire as “against the order of nature”, was found to go against… Read more »

Sorry about it homophobes, but Belize’s appeal courts just unanimously ruled that gay sex is definitely legal

A battle against an outdated colonial law has finally come to an end, after the court of appeals in Belize unanimously upheld a 2016 ruling that a ban on gay sex is unconditional. Section 53 of the country’s criminal code, which dubbed same-sex desire as “against the order of nature”, was found to go against… Read more »

Gay marriage in Baja: reforms aim to address discrimination

Mexicali — Same-sex marriage is legal in Baja California. Sort of. To get married in the state, gay and lesbian couples are legally required to overcome costly and lengthy legal obstacles that heterosexual couples never face. The process involves applying for a marriage license, getting rejected by a local clerk, and filing an injunction with… Read more »

Gay marriage in Baja: reforms aim to address discrimination

Mexicali — Same-sex marriage is legal in Baja California. Sort of. To get married in the state, gay and lesbian couples are legally required to overcome costly and lengthy legal obstacles that heterosexual couples never face. The process involves applying for a marriage license, getting rejected by a local clerk, and filing an injunction with… Read more »

Interview-Guatemala’s first openly gay congressman braces for battle

Guatemala’s first openly gay congressman Aldo Davila was only elected two months ago and has yet to take up his seat, but death threats have already stopped him walking the streets of his own city. “People have written messages, ‘You want get to Congress on January 14th, you will die before’,” said the 41-year-old veteran… Read more »

Popular trans television presenter gunned down in Honduras

Santiago Carvajal is now the 78th person in the media to be murdered since 2001 Beloved transgender television presenter, Santiago Carvajal, died on Saturday (6 July)in Honduras after she was shot on Friday. She died at Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula, the Central American country’s second most important city, according to El… Read more »

Gay characters make history as leads of new Mexican telenovela

LGBTI characters are becoming more visible on soaps worldwide A telenovela in Mexico made history on Sunday (23 June) by starring gay characters as the leads for the first time ever. Juntos, El Corazon Nunca se Equivoca, which premiered last night, is a spinoff of another telenovela, Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia, which ran from… Read more »

Guatemala Elects First Openly Gay Congressman

Guatemala has elected its first openly gay congressman. According to the AP, Aldo Iván Dávila Morales, who is living with HIV, will take his seat in Guatemala’s congress in January. He will represent a Guatemala City district. “I’m happy, with a lot of mixed feelings,” the 41-year-old Dávila told the outlet. “The worry is I’m… Read more »

Mexican consulates worldwide instructed to perform same-sex marriages

Mexico City – Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary has instructed the country’s consulates throughout the world to allow all citizens, regardless of gender, to marry in their offices. Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard says that a democratic country can’t be built by excluding part of society. More than a dozen Mexican states and the capital allow same-sex… Read more »

One step closer to equality for LGBTI people in Costa Rica

President signs in decrees which include housing benefits and greater recognition of same-sex couples Costa Rica has passed a number of measures which grant various legal and welfare rights to the LGBTI community. The decrees were signed into effect by President Carlos Alvarado on Friday (December 21). The new measures allows same-sex couples in Costa… Read more »

Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court Rules Nation’s Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Costa Rica’s constitutional court has struck down the nation’s ban on same-sex marriage. According to Reuters, the court’s majority opinion, made public Thursday, will take effect in 18 months. In January, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) called for marriage equality in the region. As a signatory country, Costa Rica is bound by the… Read more »

Exclusive: Nicaragua activists attend Victory Institute workshop

Santa Lucia, Honduras — Five activists from Nicaragua who are participating in protests against their country’s government attended a regional LGBTI workshop that took place in Honduras over the weekend. The activists — who are from the Nicaraguan capital of Managua and the city of Chinandega — are among the 28 people who attended the… Read more »

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 »