This Month in History

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1982 Mexico:

At 6 PM on May 8, 1982, 120 gay and lesbian demonstrators marched through the rush-hour filled streets shouting for the end of police harassment following the arrest of seven effeminate and flamboyant homosexual men in a straight restaurant in Guadalajara, Mexico.

2008 Costa Rica:

The first Costa Rican National Day Against Homophobia was celebrated.

2012 Argentina:

New Gender Identity Law approved that allowed people to change their names on official documents.

2013 Bolivia:

Four taxi drivers who, on May 10, brutally assaulted three transwomen after one of the drivers refused to pay for sexual services, walked free without having to appear before a judge.

2015 Cuba:

The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, and director of Cuba’s Center for Sex Education, Mariela Castro sponsored a blessing ceremony for several gay couples as a part of an effort to lead up to the Global Day against Homophobia on May 17th.

2015 Chile:

The National Renewal Party of Chile joined the campaign started by the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation to advance LGBT rights in Chile.

2016 Panama: 

On May 6th, 2016, Candy Pamela became the first trans woman to legally change her name in Panama when the Secretaría de la Dirección Nacional del Registro Civil authorized her to do so.

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