Sunday, June 4, 2023

Chile: Agreement signed to protect LGBTIQA+ older adults

SANTIAGO ( Associated Press) — The Chilean government and the Gay Liberation and Solidarity Movement on Tuesday signed an unprecedented commitment aimed at improving the quality of life of older adults in the LGBTQA+ community, launching recommendations.

The agreement was initiated within the framework of Gay Pride Day and was signed by the government and the National Service for the Elderly on behalf of the movement. Both organizations are committed to implementing joint strategies and actions to promote the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer and asexual people over the age of 60. The term queer has no single definition and is often used to refer to all sexual minorities.

The Minister of Social Development, Janet Vega, described the agreement as “very important to promote the rights of older adults” as LGBTIQA+, while Claudia Asmad, Undersecretary for Social Networks, pointed out that “sexual and gender diversity has no age.” Today we want that there should be no discrimination against older people.

Rolando Jiménez, a historical leader of the movement, stressed that the compromise and the recommendations introduced are “a very old aspiration that comes down to paying off historical debts, as LGBTIQA+ older adults still have rights from the state on their side.” There was no sign in. Basic human.

A document titled “Recommendations for the Protection of the Rights and Good Treatment of LGBTIQA+ Older Persons in Chile” emphasizes that people in this community over the age of 60 “grow up in contexts unfavorable to sexual diversity and Developed “style”.

“Without going further, until the 1990s, homosexuality was considered a disease by the World Health Organization (WHO) and a crime by the state of Chile,” he says.

In addition, the document provides recommendations so that institutions that work with these older adults or their families provide them with “fair, respectful treatment that is free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.”

Over the weekend, nearly 80,000 people claimed sexual diversity rights in a march through the center of the Chilean capital, and among their main demands were an end to all violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and to repeal the article. demanded. 365 of the Penal Code which establishes that young homosexuals can consent to marriage from the age of 18, an age that is 14 for heterosexuals.

In Chile, same-sex marriage with adoption rights was approved in early December and the first legal union between two men was registered three months later.

In the South American country, six years elapsed from the declaration of a civil union agreement, during the second government of former President Michelle Bachelet (2014–2018), until the approval of same-sex marriage, during the second government of former President Sebastian Pinera. 2018-2022). ,

The agreement only regulated the legal aspects of life between same-sex cohabitants, and it was same-sex marriage that established their marriage rights. Half a century had passed since a small and horrific demonstration in the center of the Chilean capital in April 1973, protesting police harassment, discrimination and their civil rights.

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