Trans community in Ecuador received a right to vote in election being recognized by their gender identity

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Ecuadorean Diane Rodriguez (R), candidate to deputy of the Ruptura 25 movement in the Guayas department, campaigns along the central market in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on February 6, 2013. en la lista del movimiento Ruptura 25 recorre el mercado central de Guayaquil el 6 de Febrero de 2013. Rodriguez, a student of psychology, has been an activist for the rights of the sexual minorities, would be the first transsexual to gain a seat in the Ecuadorean congress. AFP PHOTO/CESAR PASACA (Photo credit should read CESAR PASACA/AFP/Getty Images)

In the socially conservative nation, men and women stand in separate queues to cast their ballots – something that has caused distress for many who were forced to queue based on their assigned gender. Last year the LGBT activists of the country received a right for people to choose the gender stated in their identity documents. “The rumours would start, and the looks,” said LGBT activist Mariasol Mite, who also changed her gender from male to female. Diane Rodriguez, who was standing for the National Assembly, had campaigned for a change to the law. She said: “This is very important because our rights are being recognised. It hasn’t been easy.” Ms Rodriguez added that at least 200 people had changed their gender since the legislation came into force. Ms Rodriguez said she would work on legislation to stop bullying against transgender students and eventually hopes to work on legalising same-sex marriage. Rodriguez’s partner Fernando is a transgender man who gave a birth to their son last year, so they made history by becoming the first trans couple in the country having a common biological child

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