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January 8, 2014

After debating a same-sex civil union bill for two years, the Chilean Senate approved the legislation and could legalize same-sex unions as soon as March 2014

The Chilean Senate passed yesterday (7 January) a bill that could legalize same-sex civil unions within several weeks.

Amidst cheers from supporters and anti-gay banners by the religious opposition, Senators moved forward the Life Partner Agreement (Acuerdo de Vida en Pareja, or AVP), which activists expect to pass before the current president Sebastián Piñera hands over the presidency to newly elected Michelle Bachelet in March.

December 17, 2013

The woman who won Chile’s presidential runoff election over the weekend wants her country to join Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay as South American countries that allow same-sex couples to marry

Chile’s first female president has been returned to office with 62% of the vote – the highest level of support for any leader since the country returned to holding democratic elections in 1989.

Michelle Bachelet was first elected president in 2006 and achieved an 84% approval rating before stepping down as Chilean law prevents presidents serving consecutive terms.

June 25, 2013

A huge crowd turned out for the Santiago Pride Parade on Saturday despite grey skies and wet weather to put pressure on lawmakers to pass a civil unions bill and called for marriage equality

70,000 people turned up to march in the Santiago Pride Parade on Saturday despite grey skies and occasional showers in the Chilean capital.

The Santiago Times reported a colorful mix of activists, performance artists, musicians and drag queens in the parade which set off from the Plaza Italia through Alameda past the presidential palace to the Paseo Bulnes promenade where participants gathered for an evening of music and speeches.

June 25, 2013

A huge crowd turned out for the Santiago Pride Parade on Saturday despite grey skies and wet weather to put pressure on lawmakers to pass a civil unions bill and called for marriage equality

70,000 people turned up to march in the Santiago Pride Parade on Saturday despite grey skies and occasional showers in the Chilean capital.

The Santiago Times reported a colorful mix of activists, performance artists, musicians and drag queens in the parade which set off from the Plaza Italia through Alameda past the presidential palace to the Paseo Bulnes promenade where participants gathered for an evening of music and speeches.

May 13, 2013

A quarter of a million people took to the streets of Chile’s capital Santiago over the weekend to campaign for same-sex civil unions and gender identity laws

Tens of thousands of Chileans marched over the weekend in support of LGBT rights.

The demonstration intended to raise awareness of President Piñera’s proposed bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter in civil unions.

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 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.