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August 24, 2014

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced on Saturday that his government would allow same-sex couples in committed relationships to register their relationships with the government in order to protect their rights and obligations

The South American nation of Ecuador has become the latest on the continent to enshrine the rights of committed same-sex couples, with President Rafael Correa announcing that same-sex de facto marriages would be registered by the state, while stopping short of allowing same-sex couples to officially marry.

Ecuador’s 2009 constitution bans same-sex marriage but also provides for the legal recognition of committed unmarried relationships and Correa has now announced that as of 15 September such couples will be able to register their relationships regardless of sexuality.

July 1, 2014

In a country with 'secret' anti-gay conversion therapy clinics and few legal protections for LGBTI individuals, activists and allies took to the streets this weekend to show their pride and demand equal rights

Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil celebrated its ninth Gay Pride parade and festival this weekend, with an estimated 9,000 to 11,000 people attending, according to local media sources.

The country’s capital city Quito also held a Gay Pride celebration on 28 June, and while for Guayaquil this was the ninth Gay Pride event, it was the first year the parade received official support from the mayor’s office, according to activist Diane Rodriguez.

February 18, 2014

Transgender activist Diane Rodriguez is taking the Ecuadorian Government to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for refusing to allow her to change her gender on her identity papers without undergoing surgery

The first transgender woman in Ecuador to legally change her name will now take her court battle to have her identity documents also reflect her new gender to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Diane Rodriguez has been battling for five years to have her identity documents changed from saying she is male to female and is the founder of LGBTI rights group the X Silhouette Association.

December 2, 2013

Rather than accepting the government’s legal reasoning for rejecting their marriage application, one gay couple in Ecuador is challenging both the Constitution and the Civil Code on their road to marriage equality

A rejection from the government will not stop this gay Ecuadorian couple from obtaining a marriage certificate.

Santiago Vinces, 23, and Fernando Saltos, 27, submitted their marriage application on 26 November anticipating the government would reject them.

The couple said last week they would file a counter-suit and take their case to the Inter-American Court for Human Rights should the government not move their marriage application forward.

While Ecuador allows same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, same-sex marriages are still illegal.

November 8, 2013

One 15-year-old boy believed to be gay has said he was electrocuted in an Ecuador clinic

Seventeen captives were freed from a ‘gay addiction’ torture clinic in Ecuador yesterday (7 November).

The patients, including a 15-year-old, were found barely living in inhumane conditions with some reporting they were being electrocuted to ‘cure them’.

Authorities arrested seven people following a dawn raid on the Union and Hope Clinic in Pisuli, north of Quito, a clinic that claimed to treat drug and alcohol problems.

July 30, 2013

While several has recently closed, at least 80 'gay cure' clinics under the guise of drug rehabilitation centers are still continuing their 'treatments'

Gay, lesbian and bisexual people are being given electric shocks, raped and beaten to ‘cure’ their sexuality in Ecuador.

More than 80 unlicensed clinics in the South American country are reportedly using these techniques, according to Carina Vance Mafla the Health Minister.

In a news conference over the weekend, the openly gay politician said at least two people had died while undergoing ‘treatment’ this year.

‘We have lesbians who have reported what the clinics called “sex therapy”, but which consists of being raped by men,’ she said.

July 28, 2013

More young LGBT people in Ecuador escaping from anti-gay conversion therapy clinics posing as religious retreats or drug rehab centers

More LGBT people in Ecuador are going public about escaping from illegal gay conversion clinics in the region.

According to the country’s Health Minister Carina Vance, who is openly gay, Ecuador has at least 80 unlicensed alcohol and drug rehab clinics, many of which double as illegal centers for anti-gay conversion therapy.

‘We are talking here about a mafia, a network that operates nationally in each of the provinces, which are violating human rights,’ said Vance.

May 8, 2013

Gay Star News talks to Miyuki Baker about her world travels in search of queer artists and activists

What are the queer communities like in South America compared to Australia? Singapore compared to India? South Korea to Turkey? Recent college graduate Miyuki Baker is finding out by traveling the world in search of queer artists and activists, like herself.

After graduating from Pennsylvania-based liberal arts college Swarthmore, Baker won a $25,000 (US dollars, €19,000) Watson Fellowship that allows her to travel the world pursuing a particular project.

May 6, 2013

Claims anyone who ministers knows 'very well that the power of God can change people's orientation'

Televangelist Pat Robertson continued his pattern of anti-gay comments on his 700 Club show Monday when he claimed that gay people can change their orientation just as murderers, rapists and thieves can change.

Robertson was telling his viewers about a case in Ecuador where a politician made anti-gay remarks and was found to have violated his country’s electoral code’s prohibition on discrimination.

Robertson said speaking out against homosexuality is not 'hate speech.'

March 13, 2013

Former presidential candidate Nelson Zavala is appealing after he violated the electoral code by discriminating against LGBT peopel

A former Ecuadorean presidential candidate Nelson Zavala is appealing his charges after he was fined for calling gay people ‘sinners’.

Nelson Zavala, an evangelical preacher who says he can ‘cure’ gay people, has had his political rights suspended for a year and fined for his homophobic fines.

The ruling bars Zavala from standing as a candidate, or being involved with a political party or movement.

He was also fined $3,000 (€2,300).

February 22, 2013

'Our commitment is to defend everyone's dignity and equality'

Rafael Correa, elected to a third term as president of Ecuador this week, made a public apology to his country's LGBT citizens for past comments he has made about them.

Correa had spoken out against gay marriage in the past and had used inappropriate words offensive to LGBT groups last summer.

February 22, 2013

'Our commitment is to defend everyone's dignity and equality'

Rafael Correa, elected to a third term as president of Ecuador this week, made a public apology to his country's LGBT citizens for past comments he has made about them.

Correa had spoken out against gay marriage in the past and had used inappropriate words offensive to LGBT groups last summer.

February 7, 2013

If elected, the 30 year-old LGBT rights activist and psychology student could become the first transgender individual in Ecuador's Congress, and South America's first trans lawmaker

Ecuador could receive its first transgender lawmaker this month.

Diane Rodriguez, a psychology student and trans rights activist in her home town of Guayaquil, is vying for a Congressional seat in the leftist Ruptura 25 party during the presidential and parliamentary elections held on 17 February (Sunday).

If elected, it is believed Rodriguez would be the first transgender individual to hold public office in Ecuador, where 85% of the population identifies as Catholic. It is thought she would also be the first openly transgender lawmaker in South America.

February 7, 2013

If elected, the 30 year-old LGBT rights activist and psychology student could become the first transgender individual in Ecuador's Congress, and South America's first trans lawmaker

Ecuador could receive its first transgender lawmaker this month.

Diane Rodriguez, a psychology student and trans rights activist in her home town of Guayaquil, is vying for a Congressional seat in the leftist Ruptura 25 party during the presidential and parliamentary elections held on 17 February (Sunday).

If elected, it is believed Rodriguez would be the first transgender individual to hold public office in Ecuador, where 85% of the population identifies as Catholic. It is thought she would also be the first openly transgender lawmaker in South America.

September 27, 2012

Russia has passed a resolution at the United Nations which highlights traditional values: Experts say the Human Rights Council vote will be used against gay, trans and women's rights

Russia has won a vote in the United Nations today which promotes 'traditional values' above lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and women's rights.

In the resolution references to sexual orientation and transgender protection are actually removed from what is included in human rights.

Activists have said it makes demands for the UN to vote to decriminalize gay sex worldwide even more urgent.

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 15, 2012

GSN speaks to some ex-pats who left the land of opportunity for the chance to marry in the UK

President Obama's historic endorsement of same-sex marriage, though pivotal in the fight for gay civil rights, is just that: an endorsement.

April 26, 2012

Femexfut, the Mexican football association, criticized footage of two soccer players sharing a celebratory kiss

Federación Mexicana de Futbol (Femexfut), the Mexican football association, may take action against two soccer players who shared a gay kiss.

During a match between Puebla and América last Sunday (22 April), in the Cuauhtémoc stadium in Puebla, América football players Christian Benítez, from Ecuador, and Matías Vuoso, from Argentina, celebrated a successful penalty with a gay kiss.

January 31, 2012

All Out and Change.org campaign successful, Ecuadorian government announces closure of abusive clinics

Following campaigns by LGBT rights advocates All Out and Change.org Ecuador's government announced this week that it would shut down clinics that aimed to 'cure' gay patients of their homosexuality.

January 31, 2012

All Out and Change.org campaign successful, Ecuadorian government announces closure of abusive clinics

Following campaigns by LGBT rights advocates All Out and Change.org Ecuador's government announced this week that it would shut down clinics that aimed to 'cure' gay patients of their homosexuality.