Chile's LGBT movement marches united

Published: October 19, 2014

Monse Sepulveda
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Yesterday, Chile celebrated a historical moment: for the first time, the LGBT movement marched united to demand equal rights. Historically, there has been much reluctance to work together, but in 2013 seven organizations within the movement came together and yesterday’s march was a result of their collaboration. This signals a shift in the movement in Chile as it strives for ever greater steps toward equality.

The LGBT movement in Chile has often been criticized for being so divided. In response to this critique, seven organizations — Acciongay, Daniel Zamudio Foundation, Equals Foundation, Mums, Transexual Organization for the Dignity of Diversity, Breaking the Silence, and It Gets Better Chile — came together on May 17, 2013, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, to form the Front for Sexual Diversity. On that day, the movement issued its first public statement, presenting its “proposals for the development of a fair, equal, plural and democratic society.”

The first proposal focused on demanding equal legal rights by strengthening existing laws or approving a new set of laws that grant equal marriage and adoption rights to all. The second proposal articulated the commitment of the front to respect all ideologies and opinions that each organization would bring into the collaboration. The third proposal expressed a mutual understanding that this collaboration of the front would not be used for political goals or allowed to be coopted by political parties or state institutions.

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