SANTIAGO ( Associated Press) — A massive march filled the streets of the city of Santiago in Chile on Saturday, with multicolored flags claiming sexual diversity rights in its 22nd call for the first time under leftist Gabriel Boric’s government.
The march comes as the country is working on a new constitutional text that explicitly recognizes sexual diversity and the rights of traditionally excluded minorities, and in favor of the gay unity and liberation movement, MOVILH, among the organizers of the march One, which called for a vote to approve the new constitutional text in the next September 4 exit referendum.
With same-sex marriage recently sanctioned in the country, the claims of diversity social movements have centered on the repeal of Article 365 of the Penal Code, which “has to do with equalizing the age of sexual consent. In Chile, your sexual orientation is defined as yours. This is seen to define the age of sexual consent. For example, homosexual people can consent from the age of 18 to heterosexual or homosexual people who consent from the age of 14,” MOVILH spokesman Felipe Castillo explained to the Associated Press, who considered the article discriminatory and “the last openly homophobic law.” of our criminal code,” he said.
Thousands of people gathered in a festive and family atmosphere and roamed the streets of Santiago throughout the day enjoying the spectacle of people dressed in flashy drag queen costumes, colours, dance and electronic music at the finale.
Some did so for the first time, as diverse families recognized by the state, after gay marriage was approved last December during the second term of Sebastian Pinera (2018-2022), which gave equal rights to children from gay families. those from heterosexual families.
“It is a matter of great pride because this is her first march as a legally recognized daughter with all rights, all duties and with the fortune that she is fully protected and fully cared for by a family.” who loves her dearly,” Paola Boca told the Associated Press, accompanying her in a march for daughter Josefa.
“We don’t want privileges or want to be different, we want to be equal,” Boca said, recalling his right “to be citizens with equal benefits, and we expect this government to From any other government and from all politicians in Chile.” ”, he concluded.
The presidential palace of La Moneda joined the party with two multicolored flags—sexual diversity has been one of the priorities of the Boric government—and one of Chile’s police cars, the Carabineros, also carried a multicolored flag of sexual diversity among protesters. Went. Its bodywork is an indication of the modernization that the Chilean Military Police Institute is striving for.
It was only a day after it became known that the first trans person at the Chilean Police Institute came as a student at their training school, from where, according to media statements, she is pursuing her dream and discrimination. Haven’t felt