Weekly Digest Subscription. Police response has been apathetic at best. Tens of thousands of Salvadorans are driven from their homes every year to escape gang violence and poverty, and LBGT people are also fleeing the country in fear of their lives. Alabama Sen. Groups across Latin America are struggling to break down degrading stereotypes of sexual minorities, and continue to press for the establishment and enforcement of anti-discrimination legislation and other laws to protect the human rights of queers. Reporters granted access to ICE transgender detainee unit. Release Ali Wazir, withdraw false police charges.
Last year Guatemala witnessed an upsurge in repression against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transvestite and transsexual people, including the assassination of Conchita, a transvestite sex worker and AIDS activist who was shot and killed thirty meters from the AIDS prevention organization he worked with.
Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since Across the region, violence against the LGBT community is widespread. In the conservative province of Mendoza, transgender men and women are arrested off the street for appearing non-gender conforming, and suspects who attempt to flee are shot.
Last year, 25 members of the LGBT community were killed across the small country of six million, and seven transgender people have been murdered so far this year, according to Vanda Pignato, the government secretary for social inclusion.