COLOMBIA: superheroes

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This series was shot during 2015 Halloween's celebrations in Theatron, the biggest gay disco in Bogota. During three nights, people from the LGBTI community dressed up and partied together with straight persons. Many LGBTI members have used costumes of superheroes, and many of them are actually superheroes that on a daily basis deal with human rights violations by authorities and society.  

Homophobia and hate crimes are still a problem for Colombia’s LGBTI people, many of whom seek refuge in the country’s larger cities, like Bogota, Cali, and Medellín, in order to live more freely. In the last years, more than one hundred LGBTI persons have been murdered in the country. In August 2012, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemned the murders of LGBTI population in Colombia. In addition, the Commission stated that very frequently, problems exist in the investigation of those crimes, which involve, in part, failures to open investigations into whether the crime was committed by reason of the victim's gender identity or sexual orientation.  

Nowadays, the Commission continues receiving information on killings, tortures, arbitrary arrests, and other forms of violence and exclusion against lesbians, gays, trans, bisexual, and intersex persons. The ineffectiveness of the state response fosters high rates of impunity, which in turn lead to the chronic repetition of such crimes, leaving the victims and their families defenseless. And while gay marriage and adoption by gay people are technically permitted in Colombia, homosexual couples keep facing opposition from conservative and religious groups. 

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