Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay have already legalized same-sex marriage. But just like most countries in Latin America, there is little to no rights for transgender people living in Venezuela. But with government’s lack of fighting for the protection of LGBTs, it really is hard to live as a transwoman there.
However, it is not entirely the only issue there with poverty increasing in 2016. Basic medicine necessities were usually unavailable, infant mortality also spiked, and the most important of all is that almost 90 percent of the population do not have money to purchase food. With poverty, people are forced to resort to violence. Also in the same year, the homicide rate was almost 92 percent per 100,000 netizens according to Venezuela Violence Observatory.
To further help you understand Venezuelan transwomen, we’ve prepared a list of realities about living there, how transgender people cope with the challenge of their everyday life and how you should up your dating style.
There’s really no choice for heterosexual people, more so for the transgender women but to go out of Venezuela. In the year 2017, 340 political prisoners were behind bars. 124 was killed during protests, 2,000 were injured, and 5,400 got arrested during the rallies.
With the chaos continuing to be felt in their country, there’s really no room to fight for their rights and protection. Currently, there’s no recognition of same-sex relationships. There were numerous attempts at pursuing equality for homosexual relationships but to no avail, there’s been no progress. Further, they are not allowed to change their name and gender identity on official documents. However, during 2016 and because of the petition made by the public ministry, transgender people can request a new identity card that will recognize their gender without prejudice to their birth biological sex.
Don’t be surprised if you meet your Venezuelan date in a different country. If they preferred not to stay there, it is their choice. You can ask them questions about why they wanted to do that, but please make sure they are ready to share that information. It can still be hurtful to them.
When Tamara Adrian, a transgender activist got elected as an alternate deputy of the national assembly under the Popular Will party, she vowed she will fight for the rights of LGBT people. And she fulfilled it by passing the resolution of allowing International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia to be conducted. However, less than three months from the moment it was passed, it already got suspended.
Perhaps, the reason for this is there are only a few Venezuelans who favor same-sex relationships. There’s a wide gap in their acceptance of transwomen. In fact, less than 30 percent believes that same-sex marriage should be supported.
Transwomen are visible in the society but it does not mean they are safe from the violence. Before plotting out your date, ask her if she wants to go out in public. Some may not be comfortable prancing around the city with danger just lurking around. However, there are also those who want you to be proud of them.
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