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Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Mariana Sepulveda has been stabbed on the street, detained by police and expelled from her high school — all for being transgender in Paraguay, one of the most sexually conservative countries in Latin America. “I’ve felt hate for not being heterosexual,” said Sepulveda, 32, who now works for an advocacy group. “Raising a family, having a partner, adopting children seems out of reach because there are no legal conditions for us in Paraguay.” A lack of legal protections and prevalent macho attitudes have long stoked discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in the poor, mostly Roman Catholic country.

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