LGBTQ+ rights in the Caribbean, Japan and Argentina

In recent years, several Caribbean countries have dropped laws criminalising same-sex relations. In 2016, courts in Belize and in 2018 in Trinidad and Tobago found such a law unconstitutional. Similar activities also took place at St. Kitts and Nevis and Barbados. However, there is still discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in the conservative and predominantly Christian Caribbean islands.  According to Human Rights Watch and the Human Dignity Trust, six Caribbean countries still criminalise same-sex intimate relationships based on mutual consent. These are Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Despite protests by activists against the amendments introduced by the conservative ruling party (Liberal Democratic Party), the lower house of the Japanese parliament (House of Representatives) passed a law to promote a better understanding of LGBTQ+ issues. Japan is the only member of the G7 with no legal protection for LGBTQ+ people, although support for same-sex marriage and other rights has grown in Japanese society.

As part of the efforts of the Argentine authorities to recognize the suffering of the transgender community under military rule between 1976 and 1983, trans women there testified in the trial of former security officials on charges of crimes against humanity. One of the ways to compensate for the harm suffered is the planned adoption of life annuities for transgender people over 40 years of age.

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