Gay Rights

Colombia’s Constitutional Court upheld the right of adoption by same-sex couples on Wednesday via Twitter, but only if the child in question has biological ties to one of the partners.

The last year saw important political and legal strides in advancing LGBT rights, but also some setbacks.

The Chilean Movement for Sexual Minorities (Movimiento de Integración y Liebración Homosexual—Movilh) filed a lawsuit against the Chilean State to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on Monday.

The Americas are at a crossroads in granting marriage rights to all couples, but Chile’s courts remain adamantly opposed to extending the benefits of marriage.

Any piece of legislation that addresses the issue of sex is bound to be met with controversy. This is only magnified in countries that promote policies that run against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) members of their population. Stakeholders like the Church, for instance, police morality by prohibiting any form of same-sex intimacy.

A recent celebration in a small Brazilian town reveals that the Amazon is grappling with many of the same gay rights issues as the rest of the world. (slideshow available)

This was a historic week in Jamaica. On Thursday, Portia Simpson-Miller was sworn in as prime minister following the victory of her People’s National Party (PNP) in the December 2011 parliamentary election.

Gay rights activist Colin Robinson, from the Coalition Advocating for the Inclusion of Sexual Orientation (CAISO) in Trinidad & Tobago, talks about advocating for greater lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the Caribbean.

Today marks a victory for homosexuals who wish to serve openly in the U.S. military.


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