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Cristina Fernandez

Argentine president to be godmother to lesbian couple’s baby

Friday, April 4, 2014
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez has agreed to be the godmother of a lesbian couple's baby in a Roman Catholic cathedral. [ Read more → ]
Victor R. Caivano,  APRussian newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The two men, who are from Sochi, planned to apply for political asylum after their marriage ceremony at the civil registry in Buenos Aires.

Russian gay couple marries in Buenos Aires, will seek asylum in Argentina

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A same-sex couple from Russia's Olympic city of Sochi has married in Buenos Aires and plan to seek asylum in Argentina. [ Read more → ]
Bruno Borges de Oliveira

Brazil police arrest ‘skateboard Nazis’ in brutal murder of gay teen

Monday, February 3, 2014
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Brazilian police on Sunday arrested a gang of neo-Nazi skateboarders for the brutal murder of an 18 year-old gay teen last weekend in São Paulo. [ Read more → ]
Massao Uehara, via  FacebookMembers Brazil’s LGBT community held a vigil on Friday to honor the victims of anti-LGBT violence, and call for new hate crimes legislation.

Brazil’s LGBT community holds vigil for murdered gay teen, hate crimes victims

Saturday, January 18, 2014
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Members of Brazil's LGBT community held vigil Friday in honor of a gay Brazilian teen who was tortured and brutally murdered, one of at least five reported murders targeting LGBT people in Brazil over the past week. [ Read more → ]

Chile’s Senate votes in favor of same-sex civil unions bill

Thursday, January 9, 2014
SANTIAGO, Chile — A same-sex civil union bill has been overwhelmingly approved in Chile’s Senate. On Tuesday, 28 Senators voted in favor the Life Partner Agreement (AVP) while only six opposed it and two absented, reported the Santiago Times. [ Read more → ]

Brazil, where 44% of world’s anti-LGBT violence occurs, kills discrimination bill

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
BRASILIA -- Brazil’s lawmakers on Wednesday killed a draft bill that would have prohibited discrimination or inciting violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]
Ana Rita

Brazil lawmaker to defy government order, will call for vote on LGBT discrimination bill

Monday, December 16, 2013
BRASILIA, Brazil — A Brazilian lawmaker plans to defy her government orders and call for a vote on a bill that would prohibit discrimination or inciting violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Brazil shelves anti-LGBT discrimination bill amid record number of murders

Friday, December 13, 2013
BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazilian lawmakers on Friday shelved a draft law that would have prohibited discrimination or inciting violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Peru gay teen murdered, dismembered, burned in brutal hate crime

Friday, December 6, 2013
LIMA, Peru -- A 19-year-old gay was tortured and brutally murdered in Peru, according to local reports that surfaced earlier this week. [ Read more → ]
Luis Hidalgo, APPatricio Ahumada Garay receives a life sentence for the murder of Daniel Zamudio.

Four Chilean men sentenced in brutal murder of gay man

Monday, October 28, 2013
SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean judges have sentenced a man to life in prison for the beating death of a gay man whose body was carved with swastikas. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Zamudio

Four Chilean men found guilty in brutal murder of gay man

Thursday, October 17, 2013
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Four Chilean men have been found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a gay man and carving swastikas into his body. [ Read more → ]
Felipe Dana, APA man dances, left, as people carry a rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

Gay pride revelers in Brazil pack Copacabana Beach

Sunday, October 13, 2013
RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana beach has been packed with tens of thousands of revelers taking part in the city's annual gay pride event. [ Read more → ]

Colombia’s first same-sex marriage annulled after anti-gay group files lawsuit

Sunday, October 6, 2013
BOGOTA, Columbia -- A same-sex marriage performed last month in the Columbian capital city of Bogota was annulled by a judge after a lawsuit was brought by an anti-gay foundation seeking to cancel the union. [ Read more → ]
Daniel Zamudio

Trial begins for men accused in brutal murder of gay Chilean man

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
SANTIAGO, Chile -- The trial of four men accused of beating and fatally injuring a young, gay man in the Chilean capital last year began on Monday. [ Read more → ]
Juan Luis Cipriani

Catholic Church, conservative politicians attack Peru’s same-sex civil union bill

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
LIMA, Peru -- The Catholic Church and leading conservative politicians have lunched an attack on a Peru lawmaker and his draft bill to legalize same-sex civil unions, calling it an attempt to “justify his [sexual] orientation.” [ Read more → ]
Parliament building in Lima, Peru.

Peru lawmaker proposes bill to legalize same-sex civil unions

Friday, September 13, 2013
LIMA, Peru -- A Peruvian lawmaker is proposing a bill that would legalize civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]

Guyana judge clarifies colonial-era law against cross-dressing

Sunday, September 8, 2013
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A judge interpreting a colonial-era law has ruled that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only if it's done for an "improper purpose" such as prostitution, but the partial victory has frustrated gay rights activists in Guyana who are pushing for the 120-year-old statute to be removed from the books. [ Read more → ]

Judge orders Brazil’s Army to recognize same-sex civil union

Friday, August 9, 2013
SAO PAULO -- A court in the northeastern state of Pernambuco has ordered Brazil's Army for the first time to recognize a same-sex civil union between a sergeant and his companion. [ Read more → ]

Couple of 14 years first to register under Uruguay’s new gay marriage law

Monday, August 5, 2013
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- Two gay men who have been together 14 years become the first same-sex couple to register to marry in Uruguay on Monday, just hours after the country's marriage equality law came into effect. [ Read more → ]

Gays abused, raped in Ecuador clinics to cure them of homosexuality

Monday, July 29, 2013
QUITO, Ecuador -- More than 80 unlicensed clinics throughout Ecuador are using rape, electric shock and beatings as "treatment" to convert gay people into heterosexuals, according to the country’s openly lesbian Health Minister, Carina Vance. [ Read more → ]
Fernando Vergara, APNewlyweds Carlos Hernando, left, and Gonzalo Ruiz leave a local court in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. The couple was joined in a civil union Wednesday by a judge in Colombia. Photo:

First same-sex civil union legalized in Colombia

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
BOGOTA, Colombia -- A Colombian judge has for the first time legalized the civil union of a same-sex couple. [ Read more → ]
Felipe Dana, APPope Francis waves from his popemobile as he makes his way into central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday.

LGBT Brazilians greet Pope with ‘kiss-in’ to protest stance on gay marriage

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
RIO DE JANEIRO -- LGBT Brazilians on Monday greeted Pope Francis with a "beijaco," or kiss-in, upon the pontiff's arrival in Rio de Janeiro as protest of the Catholic Church's stance on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Chilean teen loses foot, faces leg amputation following anti-gay attack

Monday, July 8, 2013
PENALOLEN, Chile -- A gay teen in Chile is about to have his leg amputated following an attack last month by a gang of assailants wielding machetes, knives and iron-bars, and hurling anti-gay slurs. [ Read more → ]
Marco Feliciano

Brazil lawmakers OK bill to allow treatment of homosexuality as a disorder

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
BRASILIA, Brazil -- A Brazilian congressional human rights committee on Thursday approved legislation that would allow psychologists to treat homosexuality as a disorder or pathology. [ Read more → ]

Ruling: Brazilian states must register same-sex civil unions as marriages

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazil's National Council of Justice on Tuesday said that notary publics throughout the country must register same-sex civil unions as marriages if the couple requests it. [ Read more → ]
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