As a way to honor LGBT Pride Month, which takes place every year in June in remembrance of 1969’s Stonewall riots in Manhattan, NYC, Global Americans compiled a list of five young Latin Americans that are leading the LGBTQ+ cause on the political frontline.
Latin Americans’ activism is a driving force behind the LGBTQ+ community’s biggest milestones in the fight for equal rights. But political representation has fallen short.
The last Spanish-speaking country to overturn anti-sodomy laws and one of the region’s most religious and socially conservative countries are both on the cusp of allowing same-sex marriage.
This was the year of “politicized backlash” against LGBT rights and tolerance. And yet, the region continued to make enormous strides in the rights and visibility of the LGBT+ community.
Despite legal setbacks in Peru and El Salvador and retrograde rhetoric from the newly-elected President of Guatemala and the Catholic cardinal of the Dominican Republic, overall LGBT civil, human and political rights continued to make gains across the region.
In a press release, Representative Eliot Engel applauded the Inter American Development Bank Board members for its recent discussion on LGBT rights, and incorporating awareness of LGBT communities into its development programs. Representative Engel is the ranking Democratic member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Undocumented LGBT immigrants are doubly discriminated against in the United States, often facing job insecurity, low wages, and lack of access to healthcare. Immigration procedures and processes for asylum also remain unfair and unclear.
While all attention at the Summit of the Americas—where the President was en route—was understandably, if somewhat predictably, drawn to Cuba’s historic presence at the Summit and the anticipated conduct of Venezuela’s President Maduro when he met President Obama, the attention given to LGBT rights was historic as well.