LGBT Rights and Struggles in Chile

There have been a few stories of note recently on the struggle for LGBT rights in Chile.First, the Movimiento de Integración y Liberación Homosexual (Movement for Integration and Liberation of Homosexuals, MOVILH) has sued the Chilean state, arguing that the Supreme Court’s denial of marriage rights for gay and lesbian Chileans violates “at least five articles in the American Convention of Human Rights.” The lawsuit takes place even while a recent poll suggests a majority of Chileans support equal marriage rights, adding to large marches earlier this year in support of equality. Meanwhile, a Chilean general is under fire after signing off on a recruiting policy that actively excluded gays recruits, lumping them together with “people with physical, mental or socioeconomic problems, criminal behavior, [and] drug use,” among others. While Chile has made strides with the an anti-hate crime law passing Congress in the wake of the brutal and hateful murder of Daniel Zamudio, it is clear there is still a very long way to go in combating prejudice and fighting for LGBT rights in Chile.

About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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