On September 10, 2015, the Ecuadorian Federation of LGBT Organizations came into existence, following the government’s “National Dialogue,” a series of state-led conversations with civil-society groups.
The new organization is made up of 2,000 members, representing 60 different LBGT groups. Its stated goal is to “design public policy that favors the LGBT community.”
To the untrained eye, this may seem like a government effort to assist traditionally marginalized groups and promote more inclusive societies. As Justice Minister Lenny Zúñiga says, “we are equal, but different. The search for equality and equity strengthens democracy.”