ILGA will share articles from The Economist ahead of its Pride and Prejudice event throughout spring 2018.
Excerpts shared with kind permission of the publisher


Social conservatives are fighting back against feminism and gay rights.

THIS year Peru introduced a new curriculum for its primary schools as part of an effort to improve education. One of the new curriculum’s principles is that boys and girls have the same right to education. It notes that “while what we consider to be ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’ is based on biological-sexual differences, these are roles which we construct from day to day, in our interactions.” And “some of those [socially] assigned roles” lead to girls dropping out of school to take on domestic chores.

To many people, this is a statement of the obvious. Yet it provided fuel for a growing campaign that holds that there is a conspiracy in Latin America, known as “gender ideology”, whose aim is to feminise boys, turn girls into lesbians and destroy the family. This might come as news to many in a region notorious for machismo. Nevertheless, the campaigners are scoring victories.

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The Economist's Pride and Prejudice event will take place on 24 May 2018 in London, New York and Hong Kong

ILGA supports Pride and Prejudice, a global initiative organised by The Economist Events that will catalyse fresh debate on the economic and human costs of discrimination against the LGBT community. The 24-hour event taking place on May 24th, 2018 will begin in Hong Kong, continue in London and end in New York. Find out more about Pride and Prejudice here.

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