The Electoral Observatory of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILGALAC) is a citizen oversight mechanism that monitors electoral proposals that relate to relevant LGBTI topics.
Problems and Purpose
The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association for Latin America and the Caribbean — ILGALAC (Span. Asociación Internacional de Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersex para América Latina y el Caribe) has established an Electoral Observatory, which serves as a citizen oversight mechanism, to continuously monitor major elections in the region. Its objective is to produce analysis and reports about candidates’ proposals on relevant issues for the LGBTI community. These include the protection and recognition of the rights of people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, their position on decriminalization laws, and specific non-discrimination policies. Overall, this initiative aims to promote informed voting among the LGBTI community members.
Background History and Context
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
In 2019, the Electoral Observatory monitored the presidential electoral processes in Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Panama, and Uruguay. For its Guatemala report, ILGALAC partnered up with the National Network for Sexual Diversity and HIV - REDNADS (Span. Red Nacional de Diversidad Sexual y VIH) to oversee the two-rounds presidential campaign. When analyzing the position of then-candidates Alejandro Giammattei (Vamos) and Sandra Torres (UNE) regarding LGBTI rights, ILGALAC found that both candidates were highly opposed to addressing any LGBTI priorities in their campaigns, and when asked in public media about the topic both shared highly negative opinions towards the rights of the LGBTI community.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
 ILGA. Reporte sobre la 2da vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales en Guatemala 2019. https://www.ilga-lac.org/2019/08/09/reporte-sobre-la-2da-vuelta-de-las-elecciones-presidenciales-en-guatemala-2019/