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.
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.