Tag Archive | Chile

Chile: Pinera to push same-sex marriage bill

Chile: Pinera to push same-sex marriage bill

(Reuters) – Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said on Tuesday he would seek to expedite a same-sex marriage bill, that has languished in the historically conservative South American nation for years. Chile’s LGBT community has long pushed for the legislation, but the country’s ruling conservative coalition has until now been slow to advance the bill in […]

Chile: Teen first to legally change gender

Chile: Teen first to legally change gender

(Reuters) – In 2016, Chilean 14-year-old Catalina began to identify with friends and family as Alexis, a boy. It took Chile’s conservative, Roman Catholic legal system far longer to come around. Alexis, who was born an identical twin with his sister, Maria Ignacia, two weeks ago changed his name and sex in the civil registry, […]

Conservative, Catholic Chile approves landmark transgender law

Conservative, Catholic Chile approves landmark transgender law

(Reuters) – Chilean President, Sebastian Pinera, on Wednesday signed into law a bill allowing people over the age of 14 to change their name and gender in official records, marking a historic shift in a traditionally conservative, predominantly Roman Catholic country. The bill was first introduced by centre-left President, Michelle Bachelet, then faced fierce lobbying […]

UN General Assembly approves Chile’s Bachelet as human rights High Commissioner

UN General Assembly approves Chile’s Bachelet as human rights High Commissioner

(Reuters) – The United Nations General Assembly approved on Friday the appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as the world body’s new human rights chief. UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, announced the appointment of Bachelet on Wednesday. She will replace Jordan’s Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who is stepping down at the end of the month after […]

Watch: Chilean Navy Officer Makes History By Coming Out As Gay

A member of the Chilean Navy has made history by coming out as gay, becoming the first openly-LGBT officer to serve in the South American naval service. Mauricio Ruiz, 24, called a surprising press conference in the Chilean capital of Santiago, where he came out as gay. Ruiz told media that he hoped that his announcement would help […]