Here's s sampling of stuff that has happened recently that I haven't had the time to blog about and that GayNewsWatch has featured:
- Catholic parish in Chile expels a young gay couple (Jan. 2, 2008)
- Neo-Nazis in Chile blamed for brutal murder of transsexual (Dec. 29, 2007)
- Chile rules against lesbian teacher Catholics won't certify (Dec. 12, 2007)
- Gay Argentines hopeful with Cristina's inauguration (Dec. 11, 2007)
- Brazilian gay activist found stabbed to death in northeast town (Jan. 3, 2008)
- Soccer star Kaká tops nude wish list for Brazil gay mag (Dec. 31, 2007)
- Two transvestite prostitutes shot to death in Rio De Janeiro (Dec. 30, 2007)
- Brazil's president announces first gay rights confab (Dec. 7, 2007)
- New Bolivia constitution would ban gay bias, marriage (Dec. 29, 2007)
Check out that Bolivia story: Crain even beat me at spotting that article which not only mentions that the draft of a new Bolivian constitution bans discrimination based on sexual orientation (if passed, Bolivia would join Ecuador as the 2nd nation in Latin America to do so) but also reveals that it would block marriage rights for same-sex couples, which would make it the first country in the world to do so (Rex takes notice of the first part in this week's edition of his world news column).
It's not a done deal. As President Chavez of Venezuela found out (or Presdent Bush on his constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage for that matter) constitutional changes are not always easily approved. Lets hope that the anti-gay language is eliminated down the line.