Latin America

Transphobic violence haunts the towns of El Salvador

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When the discussion moves to gender, homosexuality, and civil rights in El Salvador, one must be aware of the risks and social rejection in one of the most conservative countries in Latin America.

Home to just over 6 million people—almost half of the population of the city of São Paulo—the Central American country has one of the world’s worst violence rates outside of warzones, with 46 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. But if you are both Salvadoran and a member of the LGBTQ community, your chances of being targeted by violent crimes are much higher, and your individual rights are...

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