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LGBT+ Murders Have Reached ‘Alarming’ Levels in Latin America

A new study by a regional network of gay rights groups finds that at least 1,300 LGBT+ people have been murdered in Latin America in the past five years. 

Reuters has published an article stating that “four LGBT+ people are murdered every day in Latin America and the Caribbean”. 

Marcela Sanchez, head of the Colombia Diversa, an LGBT+ rights group, states: “At the bottom of these violent deaths of LGBT people is exclusion, and sometimes total exclusion”. She adds: “Many of these deaths do not matter to anyone, not even to their own families”. 

The same study shows that nearly 12% of these hate crimes are carried out by people known to the victims. 

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