Nicaragua's LGBT community joined with devout Catholic adherents on Thursday in demanding the resignation of President Daniel Ortega and an end to political violence that has left 220 dead in just over two months. Sounding horns as they carried multicolored flags, LGBT protesters demonstrated in the capital Managua. "In this dictatorship we have also felt we have no rights. We are part of this new revolution. Ortega has to leave," Damaso Vargas, a 25-year-old transgender told AFP. He said was wearing black to honor those killed. Elsewhere in the city, the papal nuncio Waldemar Stanislaw presided over the Mass of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral: "Pope Francis asks us to be builders of the peace of Christ, calling for the cessation of all violence, the avoidance of useless bloodshed," he said in the homily.
The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, disability, language, or social status; however, the government did not regularly enforce these legal prohibitions. Persons thus discriminated against filed few discrimination suits or formal complaints due to a belief their complaints would not be addressed and could... Expand
The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, disability, language, or social status; however, the government did not regularly enforce these legal prohibitions. Persons thus discriminated against filed few discrimination suits or formal complaints due to a belief their complaints would not be addressed and could lead to negative outcomes for those filing.
Although sexual orientation is not mentioned specifically, the law states all persons are equal before the law and provides for the right to equal protection. LGBT persons, however, continued to face widespread societal discrimination and abuse, particularly in housing, education, and employment. While the special prosecutor for sexual diversity was active throughout the year in education, information collection, and collaboration with NGO efforts, the LGBT community generally believed the office had insufficient resources. No specific laws existed to punish hate crimes against LGBT groups.
Source: U.S. Department of State's  Human Rights Report
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Grupo Safo, REDLACTRANS - Nicaragua, the International Human Rights Clinic of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, Global Rights submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (2008): Nicaragua: Shadow Report on the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender PeopleContract
As he stood among the mothers, children and LGBTI youths who had been walking through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border, Rodrigo Abeja found it hard to believe that President Donald Trump had deemed these people dangerous. Abeja is one of the lead organizers of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which for over 15 years has led migrants to the U.S. via caravans to help them to seek asylum in other countries.
A group of 16 transgender and gay migrants from Central America on Thursday sought asylum in the U.S. The migrants — who are from Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico — called themselves the first Trans Gay Migrant Caravan of 2017. They left Mexico City and walked and used buses and other forms of transportation to travel to Nogales, Mexico, which is on the Arizona-Mexico border. The Nogales International, a newspaper that is based in Nogales, Ariz., reported the migrants arrived in Nogales, Mexico, on July 25.
Sexual and gender-based violence by gangs, particularly against girls, has been a major driver of Central American youths from the region, a group that protects immigrant children reported Thursday. Gang members are using rape, kidnapping, torture, sexual violence and other crimes, predominantly against women and girls and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, as a main tactic to expand their control of territory in Central America, according to Kids In Need of Defense (KIND).
This is the first web series to come from the Central American nation. While tersely titled, a new web series is set to make a big mark: "MF, La Serie," which will explore issues of violence, sexual harassment and queerness, is the first such production to come from Nicaragua. A group of young artists, actors, and cultural promoters behind the web portal Managua Furiosa have come together to film the series, together with a crew of over 30 film professionals and 300 non-professional actors.
A group of transgender women and men from El Salvador and Nicaragua will meet April 15-17 in Managua to discuss the problems they face announced its organizers. The meeting, called First Exchange Transgender, aims to "create a space for reflection and collective construction of actions between organizations working for the defense of human rights."
Transgender women from El Salvador and neighboring countries have been fleeing in record numbers. “In the past three years, we have seen a major increase in the number of people from the LGBTI community who are fleeing gender-based persecution in the Northern Triangle of Central America,” said Mark Manly, a UNHCR Representative in Mexico.
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