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Uruguay Honors Sexual Diversity

Uruguay has unveiled what gay activists say is the first monument in Latin America honoring sexual diversity.

The rose-colored block of granite shaped in the form of a triangle went up this week in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo.

Set atop a concrete column, the monument is inscribed with the words: "Honoring Diversity is Honoring Life."

Uruguayan gay activists celebrated the unveiling as an important recognition of the homosexual community in this traditionally conservative Roman Catholic country of 3 million, located between Argentina and Brazil.

"From our little country we are telling the world that sexual diversity is something very positive," said Fernando Fontan, the head of a local gay rights group.