LGTBI RIGHTS IN COLOMBIA
Colombia is one of the most open countries in South America concerning LGTBI rights. Following you will find some of the most important features that push Colombia to be at the vanguard of the LGTBI community rights and recognition:
In 1980 the homosexuality was declared legal.
Same-sex marriage is allowed in the country.
Homosexual couples have the same rights than heterosexual couples.
Since 2015 homosexual couples can adopt children.
Colombia has had important gay leaders throughout its history:
Claudia Lopez: she was an important political analyst that became Senator of the Republic, and now she is running for presidential candidacy for the 2018 presidential election in Colombia. She is in a relationship with Angelica Lozano, also a political figure. Angélica Lozano is a Representative for the House of Representatives of Colombia.
Gina Parody: has held different positions, she had been senator, SENA (National Training Service) Director, Ministry of Education, among others.
Cecilia Alvarez: she works for the Ministry of Treasury. She was also Minister of Transportation, and Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism. Cecilia Alvarez and Gina Parody are one of the most famous lesbian couple in Colombia.
COLOMBIA IS A TOURISTIC DESTINATION
Colombia was chosen the best emerging LGBTI destination in 2017 in the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) in Madrid. As a LGTBI touristic destination, Bogota has an extended offer for entertainment addressed to the community, such us bars, spas, restaurants, hotels, and stores. In general the city is open to the LGTBI community, say, all traditional touristic attractions such us museums, art galleries, parks, theaters, and guided tours. THE LGTB COLOMBIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE the CCLGTBCO since 2012 has been working on strengthening and empowering the community in both the economical and social fields. One of their targets is granting the Certificate as a Company Friendly BIZ. The most recently certificate was granted to the to Chapinero Police Station.
COLOMBIA AN EXAMPLE OF INCLUSION
On September 11th 2017 in a local TV Channel Telepacifico was launched the first Reality TV Show addressed to the LGTBI community. This program goes from Monday to Friday at 5:00 pm. The purpose of the program is to highlight the talent of the young people of the LGTBI community.
We invite you to come to Colombia, stay in Bogota at our Bogota BNB INN where you will find nice and dedicated people to help and guide you.
BUSINESS INCLUSION EVENT
In November 1st the 4th version of the International LGBT Business Summit was carried out in our city, Bogota. This event targets the LGBT community in the business field. It includes different topics such as:
– Consumer studies
– Success cases
– Trade show of products and services aimed to the LGBT community
– Spaces for relationships
WE PARTICIPATE IN WE TRADE, NOVEMBER 2017
We participate in We Trade. Bogota Bed and Breakfast INN was an active participant in the event. We trade on November 2017. The event was fantastic, we met a lot of nice people and saw other friends. We had the chance of interacting with different actors of the LGTB community working on different fields. Rick and Cris set a stand promoting our bed and breakfast as a gay friendly hotel, like a few other hotels in the city of Bogota.
IN CALI THE FIRST GENDER CLINIC OPENS DOORS
On October 2017 the first gender clinic opened its doors. The clinic is formed by a group of professionals on different fields: pediatricians, endocrinologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and surgeons.
However the clinic is the target for critics and even threatens.
The director of the clinic gave an interview to El Tiempo Colombia. He understands the importance for some people to change their bodies since they feel the have the wrong one.
The director is an endocrinologist pediatrician. He does not intervene on patients to change gender because the Colombian law does not allow it.
The doctor conceives its clinic as a place for orientation to patients and families to help them understanding and coping with transgender issues.
The Valle del Cauca Secretary of Health Maria Cristina Lesmes highlighted the importance of this type of clinics. She believes the interdisciplinary group can help families and children in the process of tackling transgender issues.
LGBT groups and associations in Colombia applauded the initiative. However they are questioning the protocols and philological evaluations. They fear that the group of professionals could be considering the transgender condition as a psychological or psychiatric issue.
Our great guests from the LGTBI community. Gay couples and solo travelers started discovering our house as a friendly place to stay in Bogota, as an option different than staying in a hotel. We welcome them and try to make their time in Bogota a memorable one. The majority of our guests from the LGBTI community had booked with us when visiting the website https://nomadicboys.com/ found that our BNB is an equal and friendly BNB. We thank Stefan and Sebastien for their words about our hotel and house in their website. We invite them to stay with us one day when in Bogota.