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Mexico grants social security benefits to gay couples

Amendments to social security law now include medical and social benefits to gay spouses Mexico now includes gay couples as beneficiaries to social security benefits. Winning 252 votes for, 80 against and 15 abstentions, in the country’s House of Representatives these amendments improve the constitutional rights of gay, lesbian and bisexual Mexicans. As a Latin… Read more »

Remembering Erick Martinez

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) is deeply saddened by the murder of Erick Martínez, a renowned LGBT rights advocate who served as the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at Asociación Kukulcan, a respected LGBT rights organization in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Erick was a fearless human rights defender, respected and appreciated by his peers and… Read more »

Nicaragua enthrones Miss Gay 2012

A beauty contest in Nicaragua has crowned a 22-year-old designer as Miss Gay 2012, a competition to choose “the queen of the transvestites.” The event was held at the Ruben Dario National Theater, the first time the space opened to an LGBT event, according to Luis Morales, the director of Institute of Nicaraguan Culture. It… Read more »

Razzia violenta en discoteca gay de Costa Rica

San Jose – (La Nacion) El aparente uso de fuerza excesiva en un operativo policial realizado en la discoteca homosexual Club Oh!, el 13 de abril levantó críticas y motivó denuncias. Representantes del centro nocturno dijeron que más de 20 funcionarios de la Fuerza Pública y la Policía Municipal ingresaron armados al establecimiento, lo que… Read more »

Julio Cesar Largaespada, grieved by the death of Eddy Ramirez

Outside his home was killed by several blows the young Napoleon Eddy Ramirez Novoa, 27. The suspects in the crime are the brothers Milton Rafael (36), alias “Payo” Jose Ramon (32) and Oscar Garcia Lopez (25). Similarly Largaespada Julius Caesar, who was a partner of the victim, was beaten and was taken to Hospital Escuela… Read more »

Costa Rica’s LGBT community mourns death of leader

A friend pays his respects to LGBT leader Abelardo Araya, who died of a heart attack on Wednesday. Araya helped found the Movimiento Diversidad (Diversity Movement), a political group that worked to promote LGBT rights in Costa Rica. Renowned Costa Rican LGBT activist Abelardo Araya died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at the age… Read more »

Honduras is test of new US policy on gay rights

San Pedro Sula, Honduras – From U.N. chambers to the halls of the State Department, global pressure on countries to protect the rights of homosexuals and transgender people is rising. For Josue Hernandez, the new emphasis can’t come fast enough. The 33-year-old gay activist bears the scar of the bullet that grazed his skull in… Read more »

Cancun Plans to Pass Gay Marriage Bill to Attract Tourists

Cancun and other resort areas on the Mexican Caribbean will have a new attraction for gay and lesbian couples from the United States, Canada and Europe, allowing them to legalize their unions thanks to a quirk in the local civil code, activist Patricia Novelo told Efe. “This market niche … is very attractive for European,… Read more »

Discrimination Undermines AIDS Prevention

Guatemala City (IPS) – “At the clinic we were attended to by a woman who criticised us and only talked to us about religious questions,” says Carlos Valdez of Proyecto Unidos, an NGO in Guatemala that fights for access to HIV/AIDS prevention services by homosexuals and sex workers. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people “face… Read more »

Senate GOP filibusters nominee over pro-gay editorial

Senate Republicans successfully filibustered on Monday the confirmation of an ambassadorial nominee, citing a pro-LGBT editorial she wrote as one reason to vote against her. The cloture vote to advance the nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte for the position of U.S. ambassador to El Salvador failed by 49-37 on a mostly party-line basis. Aponte has… Read more »

Hispanic Caucus urges Senate to confirm Obama’s pick for El Salvador ambassador

Washington — Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday pressed the Senate to swiftly confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee for ambassador to El Salvador, casting Republican opposition as denying a Hispanic woman a rare shot at a prestigious diplomatic post. In gloves-off political terms, seven members of the caucus said the Senate’s failure to… Read more »

Gay Mexico News & Reports 2011

1 México se encamina hacia una Constitución más tolerante con los gays 3/11 2 Conapred dice que no aumentó la homofobia en los últimos cinco años 4/11 3 Mexican gay rights campaigner murdered 5/11 4 Mexican gay rights campaigner murdered 5/11 5 Mexican LGBT center helps with HIV work 6/11 6 Condemnation of the Murder… Read more »

Gay Honduras News & Reports 2011

1 Six trans women killed in Honduras in two months 2/11 2 Activists: Investigate Honduran Transgender Murders 2/11 3 Abuso policial contra homosexuales en Honduras 4/11 4 Fighting homophobia 7/11 5 Ricky Martin’s Sexuality Threatens Honduras’ Morality 10/11 1 February 2011 – PinkNews 1 Six trans women killed in Honduras in two months by PinkNews.co.uk… Read more »

My friend Alvin marks the birth of a movement.

We have had this Ex-Gay minister here for a week and apparently the LGBT community has reached a boiling point. A second protest was held today at the University of the West Indies for this vile and peculiar person to spout his misinformation. I assume that UWI will also be hosting the KKK when they… Read more »

Gay Mexico News & Reports 2009-10

1 Same-sex union sets precedent in Mexico City’s most countrified corner 1/09 2 Clarification of Statement on Homosexuality 1/09 3 What’sNew in…Puerto Vallarta 3/09 4 Mexico sees rare, openly gay mayoral candidate 3/09 5 Gay resort owner fights negative news about Mexico 4/09 6 Mexico: Homophobic cell-phone store ad 4/09 7 In macho culture, gays… Read more »

Gay Mexico News & Reports 2007-08

1 Mexican state near Texas passes gay union law 1/07 2 Gay Man From Mexico Wins U.S. Asylum 1/07 3 Transgendered in Coahuila 1/07 4 Lesbians form Mexico’s first gay civil union 2/07 5 Mexican singer breaks gay taboo 3/07 6 New law propels gay rights in Mexico 3/07 7 In Mexico, gay couples ready… Read more »

Gay Mexico News & Reports 2004-06

1 Mexico’s gays, lesbians trying to win rights 1/04 2 Macho Mexico lets its hair down in Zona Rosa 2/04 3 Rainbow Beach Towels on Mexican Sand in Puerto Vallarta 5/04 4 Destination Mexico–Cancún proving it can woo gay travelers too 6/04 5 Mexico May OK Conjugal Visits for Gays 9/04 6 Gay Caballeros Inside… Read more »

Gay Central America News & Reports (All Central America)

1 HIV prevention hampered by homophobia 1/09 2 LGBT Rights Movement: Progress and Visibility Breed Backlash 6/09 3 Report: Inequalities Fueling AIDS Pandemic In Latin America 11/09 4 Coalition Of LGBTTTI…Supports The Approval Of…Human Rights, Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity 6/10 5 Commentary: Stop discrimination against Blacks and gays 11/10 6 Launch Campaign "Cures That… Read more »

Gay Belize News & Reports

Also see: Lesbian Life 1 Pride in Belize, an Adult Education Volunteer Report  8/06 2 Comments from a Belizean Lesbian   4/09 3 Belize: Protect Students from Discrimination and Expulsion 12/09 4 Good Day All: 5/10 5 Transgender Belizean Discriminated Against at Airport 4/11 6 Belize churches join GOB in court battle against homosexuals 5/11 7… Read more »

Gay Mexico News & Reports 2000-03

1 Violence and Harassment Persist As Mexico Learns to Accept Gays 11/00 2 Conservatives and Liberals Battle Over Gay Issues 12/00 3 Same-sex struggle: Gays in Mexico Push for Social Benefits 2/01 4 In Mexico, a mass gay wedding 2/01 5 ‘Newlyweds’ Urge Mexico to Accept Gay Unions 2/02 6 Mexican gays urge marriage right… Read more »

Gay Nicaragua News & Reports

1 Festival of Sexual Diversity and Human Rights 6/06 2 "Nadie  es Libre hasta  que  tods  seamos Libres"  9/06 3 Tutu tells Church to stop obsessing about gays 5/07 4 Gay rights activists stage rally in front of Nicaraguan embassy 9/07 5 Global protests against Nicaragua’s gay ban 9/07 6 Nicaragua to decriminalise gay sex… Read more »

Gay Honduras News & Reports

1 Religious leaders criticize government for recognizing gays groups 8/04 2 Honduras Measure to Ban Same-Sex Marriage Mobilizes Rights Groups 1/05 3 Honduras Bans Gay Marriage & Adoption 3/05 4 Honduras Donny Reyes (m), treasurer of LGBT rights group 3/07 5 Heterogender Homosexuality in Honduras 12/08 6 Murders highlight increasing violence against trans people 1/09… Read more »

Gay El Salvador News & Reports

1 El Salvador–Demand Official Investigation Into the Murders in El Salvador 4/05 2 New police attack underscores dire gay situation 12/06 2a Gay Pride in Latin America 7/07 2b El Salvador – William Herrnandez, Asociación Entre Amigos 11/07 3 Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report 8/08 4 Ministerial decree to reduce homophobia in health service 4/09 5… Read more »

Gay Panama News & Reports

1 Panama’s gays fight homophobia for real acceptance 2/02 2 Panama’s First Gay-Pride Parade 7/05 3 Declaration to Secretary General and more 6/07 4 3ra Marcha por la Diversidad Sexual en Panamá 6/07 5 Three languages, small crowd at local Gay Pride march 12/08 6 Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report 8/08 7 Panama: Gays blamed for… Read more »

Gay Costa Rica News & Reports

1 Costa Rica backs International Day Against Homophobia 5/08 2 Costa Rican Christians protest against gay marriage 7/08 3 Letter from Catholic Action to the country’s representatives in government 12/08 4 Costa Rica’s First Woman President Doesn’t Want Gay Marriage 2/10 5 Costa Rica: Granting Rights for Same-Sex Couples 2/10 6 Thousands March Against Gay… Read more »

Gay Guatemala News & Reports

1 Guatemala’s Maya Majority Flexes Its Political Muscles 8/96 2 Guatemalan Gays Hold First March 6/00 2a How To Be A Lesbian In Guatemala 10/00 3 Guatemala: Lesbian Activists Threatened 7/04 4 A Short History of Gay Guatemala 2004 5 Guatemalan Gays, Transgenders Victims Of Deadly Attacks 2/06 6 Transgender prostitutes get political to end… Read more »