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Trans people in Uruguay can now self-identify their gender, without surgery

Uruguay just took huge steps towards equality with a tonne of new trans laws Transgender people in Uruguay are celebrating after the country’s Congress passed a comprehensive trans law yesterday (18 October). The law brings in a host of new rights for transgender people. Most notably, trans people can now self-identify their gender and update… Read more »

March for Diversity illuminates Montevideo in favor of LGBT culture

Since 2006, the March for Diversity illuminates every year the most important avenue in Montevideo with a ‘comparsa’ of thousands of people who dance, celebrate and shout slogans in favor of policies for the rights of the LGBT community. In this year’s edition, held on Friday, many marched with yellow and red handkerchiefs, colors chosen… Read more »

Uruguay’s first out trans senator vows to stand up for LGBT+ rights

Michelle Suarez, Uruguay’s first out trans senator, has vowed to stand up for LGBT+ rights in the country. Suarez earlier this month became the first transgender senator in Uruguay. The 34-year-old politician took her seat in the upper chamber of Congress on 10 October. And in a new interview, Suarez has vowed to stand up… Read more »

The Uruguayan government is drafting a law to pay reparations to transgender people

Sandra Valin, who is transgender, was born in 1974 and said growing up in Uruguay, her mom wouldn’t allow her to leave home alone. “When I was a kid I was a target because I was flamboyant and feminine, it was horrible, and it didn’t end with the dictatorship – the persecution continued into the… Read more »

Former Uruguayan President Jose Mujica Say Recognizing Gay Marriage Is Accepting ‘Reality’

Jose “Pepe” Mujica, the former president of Uruguay, said this week that recognizing the marriages of gay and lesbian couples is simply accepting “reality.” Uruguayan lawmakers in 2013, while Mujica was in office, approved a number of liberal policies, including laws legalizing same-sex marriage, abortion rights and marijuana. Following a meeting with the president of… Read more »

Uruguay Celebrates First Anniversary Of Marriage Equality

Uruguay this week celebrated the first anniversary of marriage equality. According to the Civil Registry of Montevideo, which half of the nation’s 3.3 million citizens call home, 134 gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot since a marriage law approved by lawmakers took effect on August 5, 2013. However, Attorney Michelle Suarez, a legal… Read more »

The LGBT, feminist and student voices behind Uruguay’s radical reforms

From legalising abortion to transsexual rights, marginalised groups have united to become a formidable force for change One tiny country has been blazing a liberal trail across Latin America. In the past six years, Uruguay has introduced ground-breaking legislation on abortion, drugs, transsexual rights, and same-sex marriage and adoption. While President José “Pepe” Mujica and… Read more »