Come out of closet


To help fight discrimination against the LGBT community, Bogot___s Mayor Gustavo Petro launched a week-long celebr...
To help fight discrimination against the LGBT community, Bogot___s Mayor Gustavo Petro launched a week-long celebration entitled _Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity_ on Thursday, according to Colombian newspaper El Espectador.

The Mayor_s Office and Bogot___s District Department of Social Integration (SDIS) kicked-off the week by hosting the event _Por una Bogot__ sin Closets_ (For a Bogot__ without closets) in which officials pledged to promote the rights of the LGBT community.


_This week is an attempt by the city to generate a space in which they, [members of the LGBT community], are recognized as holders of a valuable knowledge, which merits a place and an opportunity,_ a press release asserted.
_Be you, Be with me_--is the slogan of the city_s newest initiative to combat homophobia and ensure equality in the workplace. According to a recent government study reported in the Spanish-language weekly, 20 percent of the city_s residents consider LGBT individuals a _risk_ to the community as a whole.

In Colombia, homesexuality was considered a crime punishable by law until 1980. Since 1993, the country_s courts have begun granting rights to the LGBT community. In June 2011, Colombia_s Constitutional Court gave _family_ status to same-sex couples living in de facto unions and imposed a two year deadline on Congress to definitively resolve the issue of same-sex marriage in the country.

By Carolina Moreno

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