Uruguay has been a pioneer in the region in terms of the implementation of laws that protect the rights of LGBTQ people.
They include the Comprehensive Law for Trans Persons; the Law on the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy; the Law Against Racism, Xenophobia and all forms of Discrimination, and the Law on Gender-Based Violence. Uruguay’s marriage equality law took effect in 2013.
Uruguay’s activists continue to emphasize the importance of continuing to fight for the effective implementation of policies that will improve LGBTQ people’s lives.
Various marches took place across the country, 30 years after Uruguay’s first queer rights demonstration. The march in Montevideo, the country’s capital, is an emblematic event to celebrate diversity and demand equal rights.
Known as the "Marcha por la Diversidad" in Spanish, the march brought together again dozens of thousands of people on the streets of Montevideo, this year under the proclamation “Basta de impunidad y saqueo de derechos” (Enough of impunity and looting of rights).