Wednesday, December 1

Massive LGBTQ + Pride March demands equality in Chile

Social and legal equality was the most repeated phrase of the march for the derechos LGBTQ+ that summoned thousands of people this Saturday in the center of Santiago, after having been suspended for two years due to the pandemic.

In a Chile immersed in profound changes, with a Constitutional Convention that writes a new Magna Carta and a few days after electing a new president, the Pride March incorporated for the first time a column of migrants LGBTQ + with a canvas that said “diversity without borders”, a claim accompanied by representatives of embassies and consulates from 12 countries in America and Europe.

“This march is very significant, as it marks the reactivation of our massive struggle in the streets, after two and a half years without being able to march due to the pandemic. We come to say, with all our might, that pride is more alive than ever” said Daniela Andrade, spokeswoman for Movilh, the largest LGBTQ + rights group in Chile.

The protesters gathered in Plaza Italia, renamed Dignidad since the October 2019 social uprising, and walked down the Alameda – Santiago’s main avenue – with balloons and the rainbow flag representing the gay movement.

The march, which took place with music and dances, was led by homoparental families who, with a canvas that said “Legal and social equality for all families,” demanded the prompt approval of a bill that is advancing in Congress to establish Equal Marriage.

Since 2015 it has been in force in Chile the Civil Union Agreement (AUC) that legalizes the union of same-sex couples with the same legal obligations as a heterosexual marriage, but does not allow them to have children.

“Thank you very much for inviting me, for being here. I must also thank you for existing, because in your difference you are building a broad democracy without exclusion,” said Mapuche academic Elisa Loncon, president of the Constituent Convention, who participated in the march dressed in a typical costume of the Mapuche woman.

The demonstration also demanded an end to violence and hate crimes, a reform of the Zamudio Law on derechos LGBTQ+ and the repeal of article 365 of the Penal Code, a text that establishes a minimum age of 14 years to consent to heterosexual relationships, but that sets it at 18 for homosexuals.

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