LGBTI Project

The project on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) persons employs analysis and advocacy in order to overcome violations of human rights and international humanitarian law from a gender-based perspective, specifically sexual orientation [and] gender identity (whether real or perceived). While we have opted to strategically use the LGBTI category that is widely accepted in the international human rights sphere, we are conscious that these violations in Latin America transcend these categories. An intersectional analysis of such violence demonstrates the complexities of LGBTI categories, for example, when dealing with campesinos, Afro-descendants, indigenous people, persons with disabilities, etc., in which it is necessary for a critical approximation of what we understand as “LBGTI.”

Legal strategy

We promote the strategic use of the law to overcome human rights violations by providing technical capacity on how to use legal tools available to our counterparts to generate strategies for coordination on legal advocacy. This strategy is approached two-fold; at the internal level, we promote the use of effective strategies for litigation, either through training processes or through direct coordination of legal strategies, and at the international level, we promote the use of legal resources available at both the Inter-American System of Human Rights and the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights.

Advocacy strategy

Our counterparts have information, on-the-ground experience, knowledge of local problems, and possible solutions to which we must listen. In this sense, our advocacy strategy is developed in the domestic and international spheres through training processes in which we provide technical training to our counterparts on influencing national and international policies. In the domestic sphere, we promote the heightened visibility of our counterparts to ensure they are heard as relevant local public policies are developed or legal transformations occur. In the international sphere, we promote the use of technical spaces provided by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and diverse bodies of the United Nations System to increase the visibility of denunciations, bulletins, and/or reports on the state of human rights.

As a part of our advocacy strategy, the Strategy for the Regional Coordination of the LGBTI Population is an essential element of our work. We seek to buttress work experiences among LGBTI organizations in Latin America, join forces, and strengthen individual commitments that can have greater resonance if performed in a coordinated fashion for the entire region.

We perform direct advocacy, supporting training processes for State entities and coordinating joint efforts to develop actions and policies to fight discrimination.

Strategy for research and documentation

It is essential to improve the processes of research and documentation in order to achieve a greater impact in political advocacy processes, and even in the development of legal or communication strategies. We seek to strengthen the ways in which our counterparts present their experience and knowledge to national governments and international human rights protection systems. To that end, we provide training to improve research and documentation systems; coordinate our efforts so as to strengthen national research or research focused on the Latin American region; and generate products that impact the political and legal advocacy strategies, such as shadow reports, reports for use in advocacy, or analytical documents.

We seek to strengthen the voices of Latin American LGBTI activists, particularly those voices that are just beginning to achieve greater resonance in the arena of LGBTI persons’ human rights. We want our counterparts’ work to enjoy greater dissemination and reach. Likewise, we want to produce communiqués that explain what is transpiring in the Latin American region with the LGBTI activists and make note of commemorative spaces, encounters, and dates related to local processes of social transformation that also deserve to be heard in the international arena.

Intersectional and connected human rights focus

Our intersectional focus recognizes the many differences and experiences of persons with non-normative sexual orientations and gender identities in Latin America, and even those who are recognized as being beyond the margins of the definition of ‘LGBTI.’ We believe that the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, disability, etc. are essential for understanding the complexities of sexuality, gender identities, and non-binary gender spectra. We believe that human rights should be interpreted from a perspective of intersectionality and connectedness so as to ensure they are fully understood and implemented.

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