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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 2, 2012

For the first time in the country’s history, Chilean voters elect an openly gay councilman, and in the same municipal elections re-elect a trans council member for a third term

Jaime Parada has made history by becoming the first openly gay man elected to Chilean municipal government.

Parada was elected as councilman to Providencia, a commune in Chile’s capital city Santiago, with nearly 6% of total votes.

Parada told Gay Star News: ‘This election was symbolic. Chile’s focus was on Providencia, one of the country’s most conservative municipalities.’

September 5, 2012

The state of Chile has been taken to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights over its ban on same-sex marriage

Chile’s LGBT advocacy group, Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (Movilh), announced that it’s suing the state of Chile over its prohibition of same sex marriages in the country.

The lawsuit is sponsored and was filed on Monday (3 September) by lawyers Ciro Colombara and Hunter T. Carter, a former aide under Hillary Clinton and gay marriage activist in the US.

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

We speak to campaigners in Chile and Peru, two countries with historical cultural tensions fighting for the same equal rights

When I stayed in Chile for four weeks in 2005, I experienced funny looks and taunting.

Discrimination there didn't come to me because I was gay, but because I was half-Peruvian.

The two countries have a strained diplomatic relationship over national borders that dates back to the late 1800s, and is still evident in some Peru-Chile relations.

Despite a historical animosity, civil society organizations from both countries are now joined in the same fight for marriage equality and protection against discrimination.

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 24, 2012

Francisco Aleman Casas was reportedly beaten and humiliated by three off-duty soldiers

A Chilean gay man has accused three military officers of beating him in a homophobic attack.

On 22 May, Francisco Aleman Casas and a friend reportedly left a gay club in the Bellavista neighborhood after 4am. The three soldiers in civilians clothing allegedly approached Casas and started shouting homophobic slurs.

They then reportedly started kicking and punching the victim. The victim has released a first-hand account of the incident with photos of his injuries on a gay online radio website in Chile