Being LGBTQ+ in Latin America: Four stories of bravery and resilience

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06/01/2023

June is Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ+ rights in the United States and around the world. The month commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969, when LGBTQ+ people protested police raids of gay bars in New York City and demanded justice and equal rights. Despite the progress made over recent decades, there are still many places where LGBTQ+ communities face harassment and violence, simply because of their identities. Latin American continues to be one of many places that is dangerous for LGBTQ+ communities. Many people have experienced violence from family members rejecting them or have been forced to leave their homes. LGBTQ+ people also experience gender-based violence and extortion at the hands of gangs and other armed groups that plague numerous countries in the region. Trans women are particularly vulnerable—across the region, the life expectancy for trans women is a mere 35 years.

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