Uruguayan state persecution of transgender people has had a devastating effect on the trans community. That admission is part of a package of bills drafted by the executive branch of the Uruguayan government with the express purpose of improving the lives of trans people.
In 2016, a government census found that 873 Uruguayans identify as transgender. The census also found that 75 percent of the trans population didn’t finish high school and that a quarter is cut off from family relations.”Trans people don’t reach old age,” said Tania Ramirez, who works for the Ministry of Social Development in Uruguay. “
They are a vulnerable community and the police and the state detained and tortured trans people during the dictatorship of the 1970s and 80s and these tactics continued into the democratic era.”Now the Uruguayan government is looking at a proposal to make amends.
The general assembly is currently reviewing a proposal that will create scholarships, set up affirmative action, and allow people to change their name and sex on official documents without approval from a judge.
It would also create a monthly pension for transgender people born before 1975 – as a way to make reparations for those who were targeted by the government.