‘A Fantastic Woman’ could lead to trans history at Oscars

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TORONTO (AP) – A transgender Chilean actress has turned in one of the most buzzed-about performances of the year and some are hoping she could be the first trans actor to land an Oscar nomination.

Daniela Vega, 28, stars in Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman.” She plays Marina, a transgender woman whose partner (Francisco Reyes) dies, after which Marina is subjected to harsh treatment by the family of her deceased lover and by police investing the death.

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Chilean president introduces same-sex marriage, adoption bill

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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Monday introduced a bill that would extend marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples.

Ronaldo Jiménez, president of the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, a Chilean LGBT advocacy group, is among those who attended the announcement that took place at the presidential palace in the country’s capital of Santiago. Nicolás Levy, the Washington Blade’s correspondent in Chile, was also in attendance.

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Chilean president to introduce same-sex marriage bill

By : MICHAEL K. LAVERS of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet next week will formally introduce a bill that will extend marriage to same-sex couples.

The Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation, a Chilean LGBT advocacy group, in a press release said Bachelet will introduce the measure on Aug. 28.

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FIFA targets gay slurs by Chile, Mexico fans in Russia

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — In a bid to rid the World Cup of gay slurs, FIFA will get tough with Latin American fans in Russia.

FIFA has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kicked off June 17, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.

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State Dept. allows embassies, consulates to acknowledge Pride month

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A State Department spokesperson on Friday said embassies and consulates have received guidance that allows them to recognize Pride month.

“Advancing the human rights of vulnerable groups including LGBTI persons is a core component of U.S. foreign policy,” the spokesperson told the Washington Blade. “All people should be protected from discrimination and violence, and must be allowed to exercise their human rights, including their rights to the freedoms of expression, association, peaceful assembly, and religion or belief.”

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Prominent LGBT activist to run for Chile congress

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A prominent LGBT rights advocate in Chile has announced he is running for a seat in the country’s congress.

Luis Larraín, who is the co-founder and former president of Fundación Iguales, declared his candidacy for the Chilean House of Deputies in an interview that La Tercera, a Chilean newspaper, published on March 12.

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Same-sex couples celebrate first civil unions in Chile

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Dozens of same-sex couples in Chile began celebrating civil unions on Oct. 22, taking advantage of a new law that gay advocates say is a clear sign of change in a country long regarded as one of Latin America’s most socially conservative.

The civil union law was debated in Congress for over a decade until it was passed and signed into law by the president in April. As it went into effect, couples began arriving at civil registry offices early to officially validate their unions.

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Chilean President signs law allowing civil unions

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Santiago, Chile (AP) – Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on April 13 signed a law that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples, a sign of change in a country long regarded as one South America’s most socially conservative nations.

The measure had been in the works for more than four years, and its signing into law was hailed by gay advocates as step toward full marriage rights.

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Chilean lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Chilean lawmakers gave final approval on Jan. 28 to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples.

The legislation now goes to President Michelle Bachelet, who is expected to sign it. Government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde welcomed the bill’s passage as `”a breakthrough that we are proud of as a government.”

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Chilean sailor makes history, publicly announces he is gay

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SANTIAGO, Chile – A sailor with Chile’s navy on Aug. 27 announced he is gay, an unprecedented public declaration in this socially conservative South American nation.

Chile has traditionally been a tough place for gays, although the country decriminalized gay sex in 1999 and attitudes toward gays are evolving. The killing of a gay man in Chile 2012 set off a national debate that prompted Congress to pass a hate crimes law.

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