Chilean Paradoxes: LGBT Rights in Latin America – Pedro Garcia – Paula Ettelbrick Fellow, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)

Over the past few years there have been important milestones advancing LGBT human rights in Latin America. Recognition of civil unions in Brazil and Uruguay, same-sex marriage in Mexico City and Argentina, laws protecting gender identity in Chile and Bolivia, and historic, progressive legislation in regard to gender identity in Argentina. These advances question old stereotypes of the region as a conservative macho culture dominated by the Roman Catholic Church.