By Julio C. Londoño Translated byLuis Gallo May 3 2017 Originally published on VICE Colombia: “How to be a village fagot in Colombia“. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/being-gay-in-rural-colombia-aint-easy “To the dance floor, please!” the soldier told Gustavo.* It was a rather strange request—the bar was empty; the woman tending it was doing math on a notepad while biting
With an area more than twice that of France Colomba has the second largest population in South America, after Brazil. Colombia has the third largest Spanish-speaking population in the world after Mexico and Spain. In recent years, the country has continued to be plagued by the effects of the drug trade, guerrilla insurgencies like FARC and paramilitary groups. During the presidency of Álvaro Uribe, who was elected on the promise of applying military pressure on the FARC and other outlawed groups, security indicators have improved.
LGBT rights in Colombia have progressed since consensual homosexual activity was decriminalized in 1980 with amendments to the Criminal Code. Between February 2007 and April 2008 three rulings of the Constitutional Court granted registered same-sex couples the same pension, social security and property rights as for registered heterosexual couples. Law reforms in the 1990s equalized the age of consent in Colombia at 14 for both homosexual and heterosexual sex. Colombia and Uruguay are the only two countries in Latin America that grant same sex couples a nation-wide legal mechanism to register and protect the rights of their civil unions.
Intro: For the past three years, Colombia has made important and steady progress in recognizing LGBT individuals and couples. Three comments and an interview attest to this positive development. But caution is still advised for LGBT people as the country is a typical ‘macho’ Latino culture not inclined to favor homosexuality. Story edited by
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