LGBT Colombians still suffer

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It has been 52 years the conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the official Colombian administration came to a head. As the country continues to rebuild two years after the rebels and the government struck a peace agreement, Colombians are being encouraged to seek financial reparations, but the government does not provide supply for LGBT population. LGBT+ people have to come out to the authorities and it often causes discrimination and abuse. “In Colombia, there is still a lot of discrimination against the LGBT+ community, which prevents them from accessing their constitutional rights,” said Sandra Ángel, who is part of the government’s advisory team on gender issues, to Marketplace. For people like Aura, who were raped, beaten and left for dead when they were discovered to be a lesbian, it is even more difficult to state their sexuality or identity when they have to ask for reparations, they are afraid for their dignity and life. But in the logging of reparations, LGBT+ people are missing out on the funding they need to help them recover their lives. The government estimates that there are 8,632,032 victims in the conflict, and has handed out approximately ¢7 million in damages last year. Out of the 730,000 civilians who have claimed reparations so far, just 2000 are from the LGBT+ are lesbian, gay, bi or trans.

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