Fundación igualitos


The Latin American Foundation for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the LGBTI Population - Igualitos Foundation - arises from the idea that, in a constitutional State of law, all people are equal regardless of race, sex, religion or sexual orientation . That is why it is proposed that civil institutions offered by a democratic state, should be accessible to all people. This is in application of the legal principles that regulate human rights in democracies: respect for minorities, progression of rights, promotion of plurality, secularism of the State, as well as equality of dignity of all people.

The discrimination suffered by unrepresented minority groups is real and affects thousands of men and women in the country. This discrimination does not distinguish social status, age or profession. It affects different areas of life (social, family, work) and has come to the point of claiming the lives of many innocent people whose only crime has been to be different. In El Salvador, many LGBT people die every year because of intolerance to sexual diversity.

The law is an objective standard of actions that are considered acceptable or unacceptable in a society. Changing the law, to the point of including rather than excluding, is a giant step in promoting the inclusion of groups that have historically been marginalized in the country. History has shown, that people tend to accept the law and reject the illegal.

The Igualitos Foundation promotes the inclusion of the LGBTI population to the central institution of Western societies: civil marriage.

The concept of family has in its essence an important and strong core that is the engine of all acting (or should be): LOVE. Love is a force that includes, not excludes. It is a force that tolerates, not imposes. It is a force that draws near, not distances. When love is present, the rules remain. We are all the same. We all have virtues. We all have flaws and we all have the same rights. In the Igualitos Foundation, we are fighting to make sure, that the promise that all men are created equal, becomes a reality in every state in Latin America.

Herman M. Duarte   Founder and President   Igualitos Foundation

Herman M. Duarte

Founder and President

Igualitos Foundation




  • Achieve equal access to the civil institutions offered by States in the Latin American region to regulate relationships.

  • Promote strategic litigation actions to achieve equal marriage in Latin America.

  • Coordinate legal, academic, political, national or international efforts to achieve the goals of equal marriage.


  • Generate and manage favorable public spaces to achieve progress in achieving the Rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) population.

  • Develop and create spaces, conferences, conventions to discuss, debate and promote the rights of LGBTI people, in particular actions relating to equal marriage.


  • Conduct technical studies and academic research on the rights of LGBTI persons, in particular on egalitarian marriage, violence, social exclusion as well as aspects related to gender identity and sexual orientation.

  • Any other action aimed at promoting a greater level of inclusion in Latin American societies of LGBTI persons.

  • Create strategic alliances that promote the aims of the Foundation,