Gay Guide Chile

Same-sex relations are legal in Chile and have been so since 1998. The age of consent is 18. Sexual relations may only be practiced in the private sphere, otherwise they will be considered as an offence to the "moral and decent behaviour", and could be punished. Since 1997 homophobia has notably diminished in Chile. It remains one of the most serious forms of discrimination, according to studies from the University of Chile. The partnership law was signed in April 2015 by President Michelle Bachelet and from the 22 October 2015 same-sex couples are also recognized in Chile. Around 1 600 couples had registered their partnership before this date which are now legally protected. Since 2001 this country experienced a transition that allowed gay men to have an important presence in the media. Discrimination and segregation remain repudiated on the public sphere. An important example of this situation is that the Congress of Chile is considering a law for the civic union of homosexual couples. Thanks to the outings of famous personalities in the media, there is an increasing acceptability of gay lifestyles. This has lead to an increase in the number of gay locations in Santiago (bars, discothèques, saunas, hotels) which are expanding throughout the rest of the country, especially in La Serena (north), Viña del Mar and Valparaíso (middle) and Valdivia (south). The LGBT community can look back on a significant success in 2012, although the occasion is rather sad. 24 year-old Daniel Zamudio had been beaten up by neo-Nazis in March and died three weeks later as a consequence. As the case attracted a lot of media attention, the politicians saw themselves compelled to act and passed a law prohibiting hate crimes against homosexuals. In addition, there are many tourist attractions of general interest such as the year-round warm, sunny beaches in the north of the country, or the contrast in the south with its rainy, cold weather, but incomparable, natural beauty. Particularly attractive for tourists are the cities of Valparaíso, a World Heritage Site, as well as Viña del Mar with its international festival (Festival Internacional de la Canción) in February.

Cities in Chile

Torres del PaineValparaíso

Name: Chili · Cile
Location: South America
Initials: CHL
International country code: 56 (omit 0 from area codes)
International access code: 00
Language: Spanish
Area: 756,096 km² / 291,930 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Chilean Peso (Chil$) = 100 Centavos
Population: 17,465,000
Capital: Santiago de Chile
Religions: 67% Roman Catholic
Climate: Santiago and central Chile are best in spring (Sep-Nov) or autumn (Feb-Apr). Parque Nacional del Paine and the lakes region are best in summer (Dec-Mar).
Important gay cities: Santiago de Chile

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