Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Colombia: Persecution of LGBT Community

The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Colombia faces state and social discrimination, as is common nearly everywhere in the world. But in their case it is aggravated by the conflicts between several armed groups which are all homophobic.
The armed conflict in Colombia "did not originate prejudice, but it exacerbates it and brings about more serious consequences," the lawyer said.

In the areas under their control, illegal armed groups like the far-right paramilitaries or the left-wing guerrillas impose "normal" behaviour according to their beliefs, driving out prostitutes, drug addicts and homosexuals with threats that include murder if they resist, he said.

Yet again, IPS chooses the angles that other news sources ignore: a horrifying and thought-provoking article on the double experience of violence for LGBT people in Colombia:

Colombia: Where Homophobia Totes a Gun (IPS)

1 comment:

Secret History said...

Hmmm...our "partner in Democracy" involved in such behavior? Really?