Soulforce Board Member Maru Gonzalez in Huffington Post

Maru Gonzolez shares her international work to end discrimination and bullying against LGBTQ Youth in Chile.

“While many bullying prevention interventions can be applied in a variety of contexts, one must be careful not to assume that effective evidence-based practices implemented in the United States can be translated successfully for use in Chile or other parts of Latin America and the world. Indeed, Chile remains a mostly conservative country, steeped in Catholic traditions and beliefs regarding sexual orientation and gender identity and expression…

“The situation in Chile with regard to LGBTQ youth presents somewhat of a paradox: it has the highest rate of bullying and youth suicide in Latin America yet is one of the only countries taking action to achieve broad-based, systemic social change.”

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