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Of course sexuality issues are very controversial in Colombia as in any other country. Of course religious groups and some conservative parties speak against same-sex relationships. Nevertheless, the law protects lgbt people from discrimination in Colombia, they are allowed in the military, couples can get married since June 2013, and there are even transgender people in relevant positions in the academy, politics and media. Gay life is vibrant in big cities and Bogota has the biggest Gay Nightclub in Latin America. I lived in the UK and although people are more open to the subject culturally, I didn't feel much more protection from the institutions, except from the obvious European-welfare practicalities that apply to all population. In fact, when I was in London, it was not legal in either country for same-sex couples to marry, there are common issues at the level of prostitution and informal surgery, and I was surprised to see there is no sexual education in British schools (Parliament is to blame) and some teenagers don't even know condoms prevent HIV (I volunteered at a very relevant NGO and researched about protection for LGBT minors in the UK). That being said, of course gay life is more prolific, stylish and fun in London than in Bogotรก, but we are far from what is happening in Russia at least.
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ORGULLO LGBT RECHAZA ELECCIÓN DE PAPA HOMOFÓBICO (user currently living in COLOMBIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 15/03/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership , marriage / civil unions +5
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Con Francisco I la Iglesia Católica ha perdido una oportunidad histórica para realmente renovarse y abrirse a la inclusión e igualdad.

Como colectivo latinoamericano en la defensa de los derechos humanos nos alegra el reconocimiento a una región mayoritariamente católica. Pero al tiempo, con tristeza, debemos registrar la elección del Cardenal Jorge Mario Bergoglio - ahora Papa Francisco I -como conductor de una de las principales aglutinadoras de fe en el Mundo.

Estamos en la obligación de recordar que en un pasado no muy lejano cuando se desempeñaba como Arzobispo de Buenos Aires, el nuevo Papa fue un injusto opositor que uso su investidura cardenalicia para emitir conceptos contrarios al matrimonio entre parejas del mismo sexo y al otorgamiento de derechos plenos a ciudadanos pertenecientes al sector poblacional de lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgéneros e intesexuales (LGBTI).

El ahora Sumo Pontífice, dijo que legalizar uniones homosexuales era "movida del Diablo”; mensaje a todas luces homofóbico e injusto sobretodo viniendo de una institución fundamentada en la tolerancia, la comprensión y el amor.

También preocupa su cómplice silencio sobre el robo de menores en los tiempos de la dictadura argentina y otras posiciones fundamentalistas contra la autonomía de la mujer, que en nada contribuyen a la sana convivencia en los tiempos actuales.

Con su elección, el cónclave Vaticano insiste en sembrar el prejuicio y odio contra unas personas que más que el repudio, merecemos la comprensión y la inclusión social en condiciones de igualdad.
Daremos un compás de espera a las acciones del recién elegido Papa, y esperamos que en vez de ver la paja en el ojo ajeno, vea la viga en el propio, y reconozca los errores de una institución eclesiástica sumida en escándalos de abuso sexual por cuenta de curas pederastas.

Ojalá esas virtudes de caridad, austeridad y servicio que dicen tiene el nuevo Pontífice primen frente a sus comprobadas acciones conservadoras en contra de la libertad, la igualdad y la diversidad sexual.

RICARDO MONTENEGRO VÁSQUEZ
Abogado, Director Orgullo LGBT Colombia


Bogotá DC, 13 de marzo de 2013
@r_Montenegro www.orgullolgbt.net
cel 3126707269 fijo (1) 4704371
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AAL (user currently living in COLOMBIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 05/11/2012 tagged with lgbt families, hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership , religion +5
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The LGBT people of Colombia need your help.

This is a decisive moment for the human rights about all of us. The person who is the guardian of the human rights is terrible. He is a homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic. This is a history about a lawyer, he is gay, and he worked in the proctor general office, http://tinyurl.com/c5qtcur . We need your help because the next year the LGBT people will not have rights. The next year the LGBT people no will exist more in colombia, because the goverment have fear about the power of the proctor.

We need your help and prevent to the proctor Alejandro Ordo単ez will be re-elected in this charge.

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https://www.google.com.co/search?source=ig&rlz;=&q;=Alejandro+Ordo%C3%B1ez+LGBT
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