Guatemala – working hard to achieve social inclusion of the LGBT population

GayguatemalaThe Central American country is currently undergoing a deep crisis within its governmental structure. The Guatemalan people demand the protection of Human Rights as a basic principle to run a country.

Within this framework, dozens of members of Guatemalan civil society that work for the fulfillment of the rights of the LGBT population, have raised their voices to assert their rights.

The Prosecutor Thelma Aldana, in the leadership of the Public Prosecutor’s Office along with the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, has taken up the challenge to clean up the State of the harmful structures. The Prosecutor has also started to promote structural reforms to support community groups historically segregated, such as the LGBT community.

With the support of the Red Nacional de Diversidad, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the LGBT Advocacy’s Office, it is intended to implement a reform to the computer system for case management, which seeks to include sexual orientation and gender identity variables. This will allow, for the first time, the obtaining estimates about cases of violence and hate crimes against LGBT people.

Guatemala is getting closer to take the first step to the inclusion of the LGBT population. It was seen during this year during the commemorative activities around the international day against homophobia, where the LGBT groups’ participation was massive, and seized the occasion to raise demands to the Government and the candidates for the next general election.

Similarly, the LGBT community celebrated their traditional Gay Pride. On the other hand, members of the trans community organized an urban intervention in the Office of Human Rights, the Congress of the Republic and the National Palace of Culture, demanding the promulgation of the law on gender identity and the implementation of a health strategy that responds to the needs of the trans women.