The Uruguayan government is to pay compensation to trans people for what, it admits, has been years of both social and state persecution.
A 2016 census showed that 873 Uruguayans identify as transgender. It also revealed that 75 per cent of trans people did not finish high school. Another 25 per cent were thrown out of their families.
Tania Ramirez of the Ministry of Social Development in the South American country said: “”Trans people don’t reach old age. They are a vulnerable community and the police and the state detained and tortured trans people during the dictatorship of the 1970s and 80s and these tactics continued into the democratic era.”
The government is now looking at a draft bill which would create scholarships, and encourage affirmative action. It would also give trans people the right to change their name and sex on official documents without a judge’s approval.
It would also create a monthly pension for trans people born before 1975 when they were persecuted by the government.
Uruguay is one of the most liberal countries in South America regarding LGBT+ rights.