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October 17, 2013

The 24-year-old was murdered in 2012 when a group of four men with alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups beat him unconscious and carved swastikas in his skin

The killers of a gay 24-year-old, described as Chile’s Matthew Shepard, were found guilty today (17 October).

A Chilean court has convicted four men for the murder of a gay 24-year-old.

Daniel Zamudio was found murdered in 3 March 2012 after being beaten unconscious with swastikas carved into his skin.

The convicted men were Patricio Ahumada, Alejandro Angula, Raúl López and Fabián Mora, between 19 and 25 years old at the time of the attack.

September 23, 2013

Life sentences are being sought for four suspects charged torturing and beating a 24-year-old Chilean gay man

Four men accused of torturing openly gay Chilean Daniel Zamudio were brought to trial today.

Patricio Ahumada Garay, Alejandro Ángulo Tapia, Raúl López Fuentes and Fabián Mora Mora are being charged with second-degree homicide after they brutally attacked Zamudio on 3 March 2012, striking him over the head, burning him with cigarettes and carving swastikas into his chest. 

March 5, 2013

One year on, Chileans gather to a candlelight vigil in honor of Daniel Zamudio and demand that his legacy pushes for equality further

LGBT rights advocates gathered along with family and friends of murdered Chilean gay teen, Daniel Zamudio, for a candlelight vigil to mark a one year anniversary of his death.

Zamudio was fatally attacked when four assailants beat the teen for being gay on 3 March 2012, eventually causing his death later that month.

November 1, 2012

A court hearing for the gay bashing and murder of Daniel Zamudio is rescheduled after the defendants’ lawyer Claudio Cofré refuses to appear in court 

Claudio Cofré, the defense attorney in Chile’s Zamudio case, has withdrawn from court proceedings.

A judge has reassigned a public defender to represent the four men charged with brutally attacking Daniel Zamudio for being gay. Zamudio was found mutilated and unconscious in a park with swastikas carved into his body on 2 March 2012. He died in a hospital from injuries 25 days later.

August 2, 2012

A lesbian couple has filed a discrimination claim against a hotel that denied them service for being homosexual

A Chilean lesbian couple has filed the first anti-discrimination lawsuit under what is being called the Zamudio law.

Named after Daniel Zamudio, who was brutally gay-bashed in an attack that led to his death, the barely month-old anti-discrimination law offers increased protections for the LGBT community

July 13, 2012

Four months after the brutal gay bashing of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio ignited a global outry, President Sebastian Pinera makes anti-discrimination law official

Chile's president signed a hate crimes bill yesterday (12 July).

The legislation, pending since 2005 and approved by Congress in May 2012, will now allow people to file anti-discrimination lawsuits for crimes committed against them based on their sexual orientation, race, gender, religion or nationality.

June 28, 2012

Santiago's 12th gay pride march attracts a record of 80,000 participants including wide range of politicians and the British ambassador to Chile

On Saturday (23 June), the 12th pride parade called March for Equality took place in Santiago with over 80,000 people demanding further advancement of LGBT rights in Chile.

Marcha por la Igualidad or March for Equality took place on a sunny winter day in Santiago, with attendees demanding equality before the law.

The march was also attended by prominent politicians as well as by the British ambassador Jon Benjamin, who read a letter of support for pride and LGBT rights on behalf of the European Union.

June 14, 2012

LGBT associations Arcigay and Agedo remember Daniel Zamudio, tortured in Santiago de Chile in March for being gay

A new memorial to remember Daniel Zamudio, the 24-year-old Chilean killed in Santiago in March for being gay, has been unveiled this morning (14 June) in Rome.

The plate in the headquarters of LGBT rights group Arcigay, written in Italian and Spanish, says: ‘To remember Daniel Mauricio Zamudio Vera (3.VIII.1987 – 27.III.2012), tortured and killed in Santiago de Chile because of his sexual orientation.’

The new memorial is sponsored by Arcigay and Agedo, an association of parents of gay and lesbian people, and by the Chilean Embassy in Rome.

May 28, 2012

GSN explores who's bucking trends and making waves to elevate the profile of LGBT communities in Mexico, the Carribean, Central and South America 

It's not Facebook's fault. Don't blame the drag queens.

But Latin America is becoming gayer.

Gay, bi and trans communities in Latin America have always existed, albeit quietly. With gay rights issues gaining prominence around the world, LGBT communities in Latin America are making themselves known to their neighbors, politicians and the world.

'It's not that there are more gays and lesbians living in Latin America,' wrote Javier Corrales, political science professor at Amherst College and editor of the book The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America.

May 10, 2012

The gay-bashing of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio sparked a national outcry and a global call for hate-crime legislation

Chilean congress passed a hate-crimes law Wednesday night, an act of legislation pending since 2005.

The law passed with a vote 25-3, and allows people to file anti-discrimination lawsuits for crimes committed against them based on their sexual orientation, race, gender, religion or nationality. The measure will also seek to give harsher penalties to those who violate the new law.

March 31, 2012

After the killing of openly gay Chilean, thousands joined funeral procession in mark of respect

Following the tragic death of Daniel Zamudio last week, the openly gay Chilean who was beaten to death by neo-Nazis, thousands of neighbours, friends and members of the general public joined together and marched alongside his funeral procession.

In a mark of respect, men, women and children waved white handkerchiefs, clapped and threw flowers, as they joined the three-hour journey from Zamudio’s home in San Bernardo, south of the capital, to the main cemetery in Santiago.

March 30, 2012

Chilean anti-discrimination laws should cover sexual orientation, says UN after killing of gay man Daniel Zamudio

The UN is urging Chile to pass tougher hate crime laws after the death of a young gay man attacked by neo-Nazis.

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has called for the South American country to introduce new anti-discrimination laws, following the 'abhorrent murder' of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio.

March 29, 2012

Public outrage and call for hate crime law reforms in Chile after suspected neo-Nazi killing of gay man

Chilean prosecuters are calling for the suspected neo-Nazis accused of attacking a young gay man to face murder charges after he died in hospital this week.

Daniel Zamudio, 24, was brutally attacked in Chile’s capital city, Santiago, on 3 March, but was pronounced dead on Tuesday (27 March) evening after fighting for his life in a coma for more than three weeks.

Hundreds attended a vigil for Zamudio in the city last night and the brutal assault has sparked public outrage and a debate on the country's current hate crime legislation.

March 28, 2012

'Martyr' Daniel Zamudio dies in hospital after a brutal attack left him in a coma for three weeks

A Chilean gay man who was beaten and had swastikas drawn on his chest in a suspected neo-Nazi attack has died in hospital.

Daniel Zamudio was brutally attacked in Chile’s capital city, Santiago, on 3 March.

However, the 24-year-old was pronounced dead yesterday (27 March) evening after fighting for his life in a coma for more than three weeks now.

March 27, 2012

Latino gay pop star Ricky Martin has dedicated his GLAAD Media Award to a gay man in Chile who was beaten by suspected neo-Nazis

Latino singer Ricky Martin has dedicated his GLAAD Media Award to a Chilean man who was viciously attacked by neo-Nazis.

The star, who publicly came out in 2010, received the Vito Russo Award for his role in combatting homophobia at the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award ceremony this weekend.

Tweeting the next day, he said: ‘Last night I won a @glaad award! I am honored and thankful and would like to dedicate it to #DanielZamudio and his family #Chile.’

March 7, 2012

Daniel Zamudio was beaten and had swastikas drawn on his chest in suspected neo-Nazi attack in Santiago, Chile

Politicians in Chile have condemned a vicious attack which saw a 24-year-old gay man beaten and had swastika-like shapes drawn on his chest.

Daniel Zamudio has been in a medically induced coma since Saturday's (3 March) attack by unidentified assailants, who are speculated to be neo-Nazis, the BBC reported.