The Movement for Homosexual Inclusion and Liberation, Movilh, is set to hold a peaceful protest called “Amor Diverso” (Diverse Love) on Valentine’s Day. The sixth annual demonstration is organized against discrimination and the standing prohibition of same-sex marriage in Chile. According to Movilh activist and organizer Diego Rios, they will hold symbolic wedding ceremonies, have informative stands and a communal picnic to demand current President Michelle Bachelet make progress on legalizing same-sex marriage.
The constitution states that all persons are born free and are equal in terms of the law and dignity; however, it does not specifically identify groups protected from discrimination. The 2012 antidiscrimination law provides civil legal remedies to victims of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic situation,... Expand
The constitution states that all persons are born free and are equal in terms of the law and dignity; however, it does not specifically identify groups protected from discrimination. The 2012 antidiscrimination law provides civil legal remedies to victims of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic situation, language, ideology or political opinion, religion or belief, association or participation in union organizations or lack thereof, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, marriage status, age, affiliation, personal appearance, and sickness or physical disability. The law also increases criminal penalties for acts of violence based on discrimination.
The law does not criminalize consensual same-sex conduct between consenting adults. The law sets the age of consent at 18 for homosexual sexual activity; heterosexual activity is permitted, under some circumstances, at age 14. Antidiscrimination laws exist and prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In February, MOVILH reported that it tracked 143 cases of discrimination due to sexual orientation and gender identity during 2013.
Violence against LGBT individuals continued; as of September three LGBT persons were killed by assailants who allegedly made direct reference to their victims’ sexuality during the attack. All cases were under investigation, and none had come to trial.
Law enforcement authorities appeared reluctant to use the full recourse of a 2012 antidiscrimination law, including charging assailants of LGBT victims with a hate crime, which would elevate criminal penalties as permitted under the law. For instance, Wladimir Sepulveda died on April 6 from injuries sustained when he was attacked in a public place in October 2013. Witnesses alleged that his assailants uttered homophobic slurs while they beat him. As of September the judiciary failed to charge any of the alleged assailants with a hate crime, and all remained free on bail.
Laws prevent transgender persons from changing gender markers on government-issued identity documents, including national identity cards and university diplomas, to match their outward appearance or chosen expression. In a televised news conference on August 27, Mauricio Ruiz, a member of the country’s navy, announced that he was gay, becoming the first active-duty service member to declare his status. Minister of Defense Jorge Burgos declared Ruiz’s action “a very important step”; Minister of Justice Jose Antonio Gomez stated, “We should respect the diversity of Chilean society.”
Source: U.S. Department of State's  Human Rights Report
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Global Rights, Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (MOVILH), Organización de Transexuales Masculinos submission to United Nations Human Rights Committee (2007): Chile: Shadow Report on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, MOVILH submission to CRC (2007): Chile: Shadow Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the Human Rights of LGBT Adolescents
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, International Coalition of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW Latina), Abracemos A Un Amigo, Alma Viva - Rancagua, Amisex, Acción Gay, Arco Iris, Chile Igualdad para Todos, Fundación Iguales, Fundación Margen, Fundación Savia, Juntos Por La Vida, Mesa intersuroriente prevención en VIH del Sotero del Rió - Santiago, Nefertiti, Organización de Transexuales por la Dignidad, de la Diversidad (OTD), Pucara, Rompiendo El Silencio submissino to United Nations Human Rights Committee (2014): Human Rights Violations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) People in Chile
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Observatorio de Derechos Humanos – Chile submission to United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (2015): The Situation of Trans and Intersex Children in ChileContract
Today, the global research firm IPSOS released the results of a 23 country survey, including the US, on attitudes toward transgender people. The data was collected online between October 24th and November 7th, 2017 and included the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States of America. For the purposes of this summary write-up, however, Ipsos has chosen to focus on findings from the 16 countries where internet penetration is sufficiently high to feel confident that the data is truly nationally representative
Chile's House of Deputies on Tuesday approved a transgender rights bill. Lawmakers in the chamber approved the bill with a 68-35 vote. The legislation now heads to the Senate. According to the Washington Blade, the bill would allow transgender adults to legally change their name and gender without surgery or a court order.
Pope Francis on Monday arrived in Chile amid protests from LGBT rights activists. Óscar Rementería, spokesperson for the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, an LGBT advocacy group, is among those who spoke at a protest in the Chilean capital of Santiago that corresponded with Francis’ arrival at the city’s international airport. The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation also set up a large screen onto which it projected images of what it described as the Roman Catholic Church’s “crimes and atrocities.” One of the images contained Francis’ picture and a 2015 quote the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation attributed to him.
Despite a deterioration of rights in some countries, in many ways 2017 was a banner year for LGBT progress. 2017 isn’t going to be an easy year to classify for future historians of the global LGBT rights movement. While much of the world’s attention was focused on Donald Trump’s first disastrous year in the White House and the damage he inflicted on democratic and human rights norms, LGBT movements around the world also saw impressive gains. On the equal marriage front, we had victories on every continent.
The Chilean presidential candidate insisted "we have to face cases with responsibility and seriousness" instead of "transforming gender as a shirt that anyone can change everyday." The conservative front-runner for Chile's upcoming presidential election has inflamed LGBTQ issues by suggesting children grow out of the need to change their gender: "In many cases... these transgender or gender dysphoria are corrected as they grow up."
Chile will finally begin the important steps of debating marriage equality on Monday (27 November). President Michelle Bachelet introduced the bill on 28 August, intending to modify the language to open up marriage to same-sex couples. The Senate Constitution Committee has requested several organizations, from LGBTI groups to religious leaders, to come forward and make their case for against the change in the law. It still remains unclear whether the bill will also extend adoption rights.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has introduced a bill to legalise gay marriage, the latest in a series of recent reforms in a country long regarded as one of Latin America’s most socially conservative. Bachelet signed the proposal, which will be sent to lawmakers, at a ceremony in the presidential palace. She said the measure seeks to expand the definition of marriage between a man and a woman and would also expand rights for gay couples, allowing them to adopt children.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday sent Congress a bill that would legalize gay marriage, a move that follows a string of liberal reforms in one of Latin America’s most conservative nations. In 2015, Chile’s Congress approved same sex civil unions after years of legislative wrangling. In March, Bachelet, a center-left politician, pledged to send a full marriage bill to legislators before the end of the year. “We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical nor fair to put artificial limits on love, nor to deny essential rights just because of the sex of those who make up a couple,” Bachelet said in Chile’s La Moneda presidential palace.
Police in Chile on Monday used tear gas and water cannon to separate rival protests sparked by a Spanish right-wing Catholic group that opposes gay and transgender rights. A bus run by the ultra-conservative group Hazte Oir (Make Yourself Heard) arrived in the capital Santiago to protest moves to normalize same-sex parenting and gay rights. The move sparked a counter-protest by LGBTI advocacy groups who organised their own "diversity bus."
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