The Fight for Equality in Latin America: How LGBTIQ+ Policymakers Are Advocating for Change

November 22, 2021 - 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Alberto de Belaunde, Tamara Adrián and Sandra Morán

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Although sexual and gender minorities in Latin America have experienced fewer legal inequalities in recent years, LGBTIQ+ people still have fewer legal protections and benefits than the cisgender heterosexual population, due to multiple obstacles. LGBTIQ+ activists face backlash from social and religious conservatives, and some leaders, including presidents, are openly antagonistic towards LGBTIQ+ rights. In some Latin American countries, Human Rights Watch has openly condemned legislation that leaves LGBTIQ+ people victims of discrimination, violence and abuse.

Join three key Latin American LGBTIQ+ policymakers as they discuss LGBTIQ+ rights in Latin America. Alberto de Belaunde, the first openly gay, Peruvian congressman, Tamara Adrián, the first transgender person elected to office in Venezuela, and Sandra Morán, the first lesbian elected to Guatemala’s legislature, will highlight the main initiatives to address inequality and advocate for sexual and gender minorities' rights. Moderated by Gonzalo Meneses, Master of International Development Policy Fellow and member of Sanford Pride, the panel will also address the importance of representation and the role of social activists and local organizations in promoting change, as well as provide their vision of the future.

This event is organized by the Duke Center for International Development (DCID) and co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke Center of International and Global Studies (DUCIGS), the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Duke, the Sanford Latin American and Caribbean Student Group (SLAC), and Sanford Pride.

Participants can attend this event in person or online. After registering, you will receive the event link for the webinar.

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  • Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)