Saturday, February 21, 2009

Internationally Queer

Three exciting steps on the international front for LGBT persons...
  • Bolivia, of all places, has created protections in their new constitution for GLBT individuals -- specifying both gender identity and sexual orientation. Bolivia, mind you, is one of the more "Westernized" South American countries, as it was colonized by England. English colonies tend to have done better in the long run in terms of development (think Australia, US, South Africa) over other colonial powers including France (Sierra Leone, Vietnam), Italy (Ethiopia), and Spain (the rest of South America). Former English colonies, it appears, also appear to be more LGBT friendly (with the notable exception being India). 
  • In that same article, Hungary moves forward towards some level of marriage equality. I need to do more research on it, though, seeing as how the Hungarian Constitution actually deals specifically with marriage.
  • While Bolivia is entering the 21st century, protecting LGBT individuals, our own country (which does not) finally joined on with the rest of the developed world and now supports a UN declaration calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality. It would be, officially, the first thing that Barack Obama has done for our community since he entered office. Not a bad first step. :-)
Queer citizens of the world, we.

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