LGBT Human Rights in Latin America with Emily McGranachan – IR12

Emily McGranachanEmily McGranachan is a graduate student at American University in Washington DC, studying Human Rights, with a focus on women’s and LGBT rights in Latin America. Before moving to DC, she was born and raised in Massachusetts with her moms. Emily is a committed activist for LGBT human rights and services as a member of Amnesty International USA LGBT Co-Group and COLAGE (a national organization for youth with LGBTQ parents) to promote equality and respect for rights.

Covered in this episode:

  • Emily shares what first led her to become a human rights activist
  • Emily talk about growing up with LGBT parents and her involvement with COLAGE, a national organization for youth with LGBTQ parents
  • Emily discusses her current studies at American University in International Relations and Women’s Rights in South America
  • The current legislation and progressive reforms in Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico City and Colombia on LGBT rights. ( 2012 Argentina passed Gender Identity Law allowing the change of gender on birth certificates for transgender people, and legalized same-sex marriage in 2010. Uruguay and Mexico City also legalized gay marriage and adoption. Colombia recognized legal same-sex civil union.)
  • Why there is a high level of violence in Latin America despite progress on LGBT Rights
  • The struggle between legal victories and true social equality and communal acceptance
  • Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA)
  • The high level of violence and discrimination against transgender people in Latin American.
  • Trans Murder Monitoring project by Transgender Europe (TGEU)
  • La Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de personas trans (REDLACTRANS)
  • “The Night is Another Country: Impunity and violence against transgender women human rights defenders in Latin America” (Link)
  • Argentina’s New Gender Identity Law and the need for other countries to change their Gender Identity Laws
  • Urgent Action: Charlot Jeudy, president of Kouraj,a group working for the rights of the Haitian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, have been receiving threats related to his work.
  • AIUSA’s new page on Russia “Freedom Under Threat: The clampdown against freedoms of expressions, assembly, and association in Russia” in general, or with the LGBT rights filter.
  • Connect with Emily and the AIUSA LGBT Human Rights Group on:

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