In recent years, we have seen progress in South America. From Brazil to Uruguay, LGBTQ rights have increased. And Paraguay seemed headed in a good direction.
From 2008 to 2012, former President Fernando Lugo allowed anti-LGBT policies to be removed, like the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He has also allowed the prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation.
But since 2013, the situation is deteriorating:
Paraguayan has elected very conservative representatives who want schools not to address homosexuality or gender identity.
Religious groups have launched campaigns against homosexuality and adoption by LGBT parents on social networks.
Mario Abdo Benítez became the new president of Paraguay. He will take office in August. Simón Cazal, the founder of Somos Gay, said the new president is worse than Mike Pence.
"Let me say it this way: Mike Pence is very nice compared to him," Cazal explained.
Simón Cazal reiterated that his association will continue to work on LGBT representation and integration. His group provides safe spaces for LGBTQ youth and young adults.
The Paraguayan legislature is already working on laws related to family and procreation.
This could curb marriage equality and civil rights of LGBTQ people. And I'm not talking about the situation of women who is extremely catastrophic in this country!