Uruguay: Thousands March in Uruguay to Demand Rights for Trans People

Thousands of Uruguayans demonstrated Friday on the main avenue of Montevideo under the slogan "Struggle and resistance" in a new edition of the March for Diversity to demand greater rights for transsexual people. 

The marchers waved flags of the LGTBI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex) community as they departed from the central Plaza Independencia to the headquarters of the University of the Republic. The organizers read a proclamation and various musical groups performed.

The focus of this year's march was to push the government to adopt a comprehensive law for transgender people. The law is currently being reviewed by the Commission on Population, Development and Inclusion of the Senate.

Colette Richard, an activist from the LGTBI community, told EFE that the legislation has several "thematic centers" covering education, job placement and access to health services. 

n Uruguay, a bill passed in 2015 allowed homosexual couples to have the same rights and duties as heterosexuals, such as same-sex marriage, adoption, the society of goods, pension rights and reciprocal aid, among others. Since 2009, Uruguay has also allowed sex and name changes in identification documents. However, the transsexual community, which amounts to about 900 people according to the first census conducted in 2016, still faces difficulties. Read more via telesur