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Making transgender rights a reality in Latin America

17
MAY
2012

Recent studies have shown an HIV prevalence of over 30% among transgender people in some Latin American cities (c) Marvin Recinos

Recent studies have shown an HIV prevalence of over 30% among transgender people in some Latin American cities. Transgender people in the region also face frequent violations of their rights and stigma and discrimination in all areas of life.

Making rights a reality presents six case studies that reflect the diversity of the intense work being done by transgender people and organisations. It gives first-hand accounts of experiences of work in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras and Uruguay.

You can read stories like that of Claudia Spellmant from Honduras. In 2009 she saw the murders of three of her politically active peers but still went on to obtain a seat on the Honduras Country Coordinating Mechanism to fight for the right of transgender people to HIV services.

To read Claudia's story and more like it, download the English version of the report here or the Spanish version here.

This publication is the result of a REDLACTRANS initiative that aims to document the work of different national organisations and networks of transgender people, so that it will become possible to share successful experiences. In this way, it seeks to inspire other organisations towards active, coordinated work for the attainment of their rights.

Useful links

  • Read this blog by Anamaria Bejar, the Alliance’s head of team for Latin America and the Caribbean, which looks back at the past 12 months of transgender activism and pays tribute to transgender women who are fighting for their rights.
  • Address homophobia and transphobia to tackle HIV – this article looks at how Alliance programmes working in challenging environments are increasing access to services for the most vulnerable, and the progress that is being made through effective advocacy.
  • Read more about the Alliance’s work with REDLACTRANS and its other regional partners in Latin America.