Top 5 Blogs about LGBT Rights in 2012

Mia Mazer, Media and Communications Intern

In 2012, Latin American and Caribbean activists continued to demand their right to equality and social acceptance, and governments in the region appear to be listening. From same-sex marriage to adoption rights to LGBT-friendly health services, we are seeing a transformation of the social and political landscape. These five blogs examine some of those changes and the aims we have yet to achieve.

1. Moving Sexual Rights from the Margins to the Mainstream

In Latin America, there are some encouraging signs of progress towards creating more supportive environments for people who identify as LGBT or have alternative gender identities. In 2010, Argentina began to legally recognize same-sex relationships and was the first country in the region to legalize gay marriage. Last month, Brazil followed suit. Same-sex marriage is also legal in Mexico City, and several countries in the region -- Costa Rica, Uruguay, Ecuador, Colombia -- have enacted anti-discrimination laws that grant rights like civil union and adoption. Click here to continue reading.

2. What Valentina Knows about Her Uncle Ricardo

Valentina is 4 years old and she has known me since she was born. She’s the niece of my partner Abel, and according to Valentina, both of us are her uncles and a part of her family. Valentina doesn’t know that I am an advocate working for LGBT rights globally. She only knows that both of her uncles love her, play with her, and teach her new things from time to time. Click here to continue reading.

3. Jamaican Activist Honored for Leadership in Challenging Homophobia

Pioneer and pariah are just two of the epithets I am sure that have been used to describe David Kato, because of his unwavering commitment to advocating for the full human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. However, I prefer to think David desperately fought, and ultimately gave his life, simply to make it easier for people like him to go about our regular mundane lives contributing to the development of our families, countries, regions, and the world. Click here to continue reading.

4. Transforming a Culture of LGBT Discrimination in Venezuela

Despite anti-discrimination legislation to protect the rights of sexual minorities in Venezuela, sexual orientation and gender identity remain taboo and sensitive issues. In 2008, Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled that no individual may be discriminated against or treated in an unequal fashion because of their sexual orientation. However, the following year, 19 gay men and lesbian women were arbitrarily arrested, verbally and physically abused, and detained by the police. In addition, violence against transgender people significantly increased, causing some to voice concerns about the lack of legal protections for the LGBT community. Click here to continue reading.

5. Why are LGBT People Still Seen as Criminals?

In light of Dharun Ravi's hate crime conviction, Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States is a timely and insightful book. Documenting the LGBT community's continuing struggle against the justice system, the authors explore how queer expression is subjected to social stigmatization and expose the ways violence and injustice are embedded within the law. Click here to continue reading.

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