IDAHOT Report 2014: Guatemala

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Actions in Guatemala for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2014 included a March in the capital, Guatemala City, a social media campaign calling for a Guatemala Without Homophobia, and a new LGBT cultural festival – launched on Saturday, May 17.

On Saturday May 17th the Third March Against Homophobia and Transphobia took place in Guatemala city. It ran from the city Cathedral and ended with a public kiss-in under the slogan “A kiss for love, a kiss for equality”.

“For Equality and Respect for our Rights” – LGBT Communities Come Together in Guatemala City for IDAHOT 2014.

Hundreds of people attended the actions, which were designed to promote community visibility, and to argue for the extension of Article 202 of the Criminal Code of Guatemala, to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. This would mean equal protections for LGBT citizens in a variety of civil and social areas.
Guatemala City March, May 17, 2014.

On social media, activists also organised a viral campaign using the hashtag #ReaccionaGuatemalaSinHomofobia, which was organised by local groups to call for a Guatemala Without Homophobia.

Meanwhile, in the city of Xela, the first cultural festival for the dignity of LGBT communities was held, on Saturday May 17, 2014. To see the photo album click here.

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