Eight South American countries recognize trans rights; 5 allow marriage

Bolivia, Peru and Chile respect gender and name of trans people, but activists are still fighting for relationships to have legal status.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - LGBT citizenship in South America is made up of contrasts: there are countries recognizing trans identity but not accepting same-sex marriage. The reverse does not exist. Moreover, gender identity is better regarded by legislators than same-sex marriage.

In Bolivia, Peru, and Chile, trans people have their gender and name respected, yet activists are still fighting for homosexual relationships to have the same legal status as heterosexual marriages.

For now, the Chilean state only allows civil unions for same-sex couples. This week, marriage was approved in the Senate, the OK from the lower house . . .

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