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How Targeting LGBTQ+ Rights Are Part of the Authoritarian Playbook

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In the last three decades, protections for LGBTQ people’s rights have advanced rapidly in many countries and regions. However, rising populist authoritarianism poses a significant threat to this progress because abolishing sexual freedom is often at the heart of repressive political projects.

The progress and backsliding in my home country, Colombia, illustrates the process of using democracy to erode rights.In 2016, Colombia seemed like a legal paradise for LGBTQ people.

That year, a pinnacle of legislative success was a Constitutional Court ruling that secured a range of family rights for same-sex couples, including marriage and adoption, and protection of LGBTQ students in schools.

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