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Los crímenes por odio hacia la población LGBTQ en El Salvador van en aumento

El presidente Nayib Bukele no ha dicho nada públicamente

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San Salvador, El Salvador (Foto del Washington Blade por Michael K. Lavers)

SAN SALVADOR, El SalvadorLos crímenes contra la población LGBTQ han incrementado en los últimos dos meses en El Salvador, desde el caso de Anahy Miranda Rivas, mujer trans de 27 años quien el pasado 27 de octubre fuera interceptada sobre el bulevar de Los Héroes en San Salvador, por sujetos desconocidos que le hirieron con arma blanca y arrastraron en un vehículo hasta la muerte.

Luego se reportó como desaparecida el 6 de noviembre Jade Camila Díaz, mujer trans lideresa comunitaria en Morazán, el 9 de noviembre fue encontrado su cadáver flotando en el río Torola. El 16 de noviembre se reportó el crimen de Victoria de 44 años, quien fue asesinada con lujo de barbarie en El periodismo necesita inversión, trabajo y esfuerzo. Para compartir esta nota usar nuestro portal de noticias y al siguiente día fue encontrado en la zona del mercado de San Vicente el cuerpo de Oscar Cañenguez.

Esta situación mantiene alerta a las organizaciones LGBTQ del país y no dejan de mantener una denuncia constante en redes sociales ante la el alza de casos contra la población LGBTQ, “¿Qué está pasado @FGR_SV @PresidenciaSV? ¡Demandamos acciones contundentes! ¡Basta de muertes LGBTI!”, se pronunciaba en Twitter Erick Ivan Ortíz, activista LGBTQ y miembro del Colectivo Normal.

Por su parte la ministra de Cultura, entidad bajo la cual ha quedado a cargo el tema de la inclusión a la población LGBTQ en el Gobierno actual, Suecy Callejas, únicamente expresó en Twitter, “Condenamos la violencia social, en especial aquella que ataca a las poblaciones más vulnerables. Estamos trabajando para esclarecer las causas de los recientes homicidios”; pronunciamiento que no fue bien visto por las organizaciones y activistas LGBTQ.

“La Ministra de Cultura se pronunció por un tweet y se refiere a las personas LGBTI, como poblaciones más vulnerables, haciendo notar su incomodidad a nosotras/os”, comenta al Washington Blade, William Hernández, director de la Asociación Entre Amigos.

Seguido a estos crímenes cometidos contra la población LGBTQ, se hizo pública la desaparición de una mujer trans en Santa Ana, caso al cual si reaccionó la Fiscalía General de la República, aclarando que la persona estaba detenida por haber cometido un delito.

“La fiscalía le dio más importancia al delito, fue como dar a entender que nos matan porque estamos involucrados en cosas ilícitas y no porque sea un efecto de la LGBTIfobia”, agrega al Blade Hernández.

El diputado Josué Godoy del partido ARENA para el departamento de Santa Ana, se pronunció en redes sociales, “En estos últimos días hemos visto una serie de crímenes de odio hacia la población LGBT, principalmente hacia las mujeres trans. Debemos actuar.” Exhortando de esta manera a que el Estado se pronuncie y actúe al respecto.

La Procuraduría para la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos, a través de un comunicado de su titular Julio Guillermo Bendek, condena los crímenes por odio cometidos contra personas LGBTQ, además de asegurar que generar  indignación y reproche social, el Estado debe actuar para frenar la violencia y discriminación hacia este sector de la población. A su vez hizo el llamado a las autoridades correspondientes, para que se adopten las acciones necesarias para prevenir que hechos como los ocurridos sigan sucediendo.

El miércoles la Organización de las Naciones Unidas en El Salvador, también quisieron mostrar su solidaridad con la población LGBTQ a través de redes sociales, por medio de un afiche con su postura, “El sistema de las Naciones Unidas en El Salvador hace un llamado a las autoridades nacionales encargadas de investigar estos crímenes para que sancionen a los autores, considerando la transfobia como agravante, y tomen medidas urgentes para prevenir más actos de violencia basados en el prejuicio y el odio contra la comunidad LGBTI”.

Al cierre de esta nota el presidente Nayib Bukele seguía sin pronunciarse ni en sus redes sociales, ante estos crímenes contra la población LGBTQ, lo cual algunos pueden tomarlo como un retroceso ante el trabajo que las organizaciones LGBTQ habían venido haciendo por muchos años.

“Las condiciones de vida por las que hemos trabajado por muchos años atrás para la población LGBTI, se están desmoronando para muchas personas posiblemente no hemos logrado mucho, pero mientras los cambios no emanen desde el Estado, hay que seguir luchando”, finaliza en sus declaraciones para el Blade Hernández. 

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Trump supports anti-trans sports ban in RNC speech

Former president’s remarks did not otherwise address LGBTQ issues

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention on Thursday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

MILWAUKEE — Former President Donald Trump voiced his support for banning transgender women and girls from competing on girls and women’s athletics teams during his speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday.

The proposal was included in the Republican Party’s official platform, along with plans to cut federal funding for “any school pushing critical race theory, radical gender ideology, and other inappropriate racial, sexual, or political content on our children.”

Trump had a major hand in shaping the two-page document, though apart from the sports ban his remarks closing out the RNC did not otherwise address LGBTQ matters.

Nor did the Republican presidential nominee mention Project 2025, the 900-page governing blueprint for a second Trump term that would radically reshape American government including by advancing a Christian nationalist anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice policy agenda.

In a statement following Trump’s speech, Biden-Harris 2024 Campaign Chair Jen O’Malley Dillon pointed out that the former president also neglected to discuss “how he had inflicted pain and cruelty on the women of America by overturning Roe v Wade” or “his plan to take over the civil service and to pardon the Jan. 6th insurrectionists.”

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Owner of Milwaukee gay bar says LGBTQ patrons were avoiding areas near the RNC

Woody’s Milwaukee experienced a surge in traffic as a result

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Alan Kettering (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

MILWAUKEE — Woody’s Milwaukee owner Alan Kettering is no fan of Donald Trump, but when the former president was in town for the Republican National Convention this week, he told the Washington Blade it was “a bit of a nothing burger” as far as he and his gay bar were concerned.

“There isn’t a lot I can say about the RNC,” he said, except to the extent that “there was just a little bump [in business] over the weekend from people that didn’t want to, you know, go anywhere near downtown.”

Kettering suspects many of his LGBTQ patrons were deliberately avoiding getting close to the perimeter around Fiserv Forum, which contained hundreds of elected Republicans, thousands of Republican delegates, and tens of thousands of conservatives all gathered to rally around their nominee.

Asked whether any RNC attendees made their way to Woody’s this week, Kettering said there was one man who made a bit of a scene. “He claimed he was a representative of some sort” from Massachusetts, possibly a Republican delegate.

When the patron left with two men, Kettering said he worried for them because the Republican “just seemed a little unstable” but thankfully they returned to Woody’s unharmed. “I talked to them afterwards and they basically said they took an Uber down to Cathedral Square and the guy got out and ran away.”

Running a gay bar in a swing state during an election year at a particularly polarized time in the U.S. has sometimes meant having to police discussions about politics, Kettering said. “I try to quell it as much as I can, because I am very politically motivated, and I have to bite my tongue 90 percent of the time,” he said.

“And the vast majority of gay people are Democratic, the vast majority, but we do have a few that are very, very vocal, you know, in support of the current challenger,” Kettering said. “But I try very hard to limit the amount of political discussion because there is no winning.”

“You’re not going to convince me and I’m sure I’m not going to convince you. So have a drink and be mellow.”

Asked to share his thoughts about the upcoming election, Kettering was quick to relay his concerns about Project 2025, the Heritage Foundation’s governing blueprint for a second Trump administration, which would impose radical governmental reforms while advancing an anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice Christian nationalist agenda.

“If any of that Project 2025 is true — I mean, if any of its true — these people are nuts,” he said.

“They’re trying to roll back all kinds of freedoms. They’re trying to establish an ordained religion, and it has to be Christianity. And, you know, if you’re going to be anybody who’s worthwhile, you have to be heterosexual, married, with kids, of course.”

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Report finds more Argentina businesses adopting LGBTQ-inclusive policies

Activists condemn new government’s rolling back of rights

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More than 1 million people took part in the Buenos Aires Pride parade in Argentina on Nov. 4, 2023. A new report finds more businesses in the country have implemented policies for their LGBTQ employees. (Photo courtesy of Esteban Paulón)

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and LGBT+ Public Policy Institute of Argentina last week released their third annual report on the inclusion of LGBTQ people in the country’s workplaces.

The Global Workplace Equity Program: Equidad AR evaluates major Argentine and multinational companies and policies for their LGBTQ employees.

The total number of participating companies in this year’s survey increased from 76 to 82, which reflects a growing commitment to creating LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices in Argentine workplaces. The report also notes 224,649 queer employees, which is a 120 percent increase over last year.

The HRC Foundation’s AR Equity Program is based on the HRC Corporate Equity Index, the leading survey that assesses LGBTQ workplace in the U.S. Companies that lead the way in LGBTQ inclusion and equity earn the HRC Foundation’s “Best Places to Work LGBT+ 2024” designation.

Fifty-five of the 82 participating companies in Argentina earned this certification this year. They represent 26 different business sectors.

“As we’ve seen countless times, when organizations implement LGBT+ policies, everyone wins: Workers are better able to reach their full potential and employers reaffirm their commitment to treating all people with dignity and respect,” said RaShawn Hawkins, senior director of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program. “We are very proud of our partners for the work they have done to advance LGBT+ equality in their workplaces and look forward to continuing to work with them as partners in this fight.”

The commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practicies is significant in a different way for the community in Argentina this year.

HRC indicated “recent public administrative changes focused on the LGBT+ community motivated the private sector to generate more opportunities to grow and develop its diverse workforce through business.”

President Javier Milei and his government have faced criticism over the closure of the National Institute against Discrimination and the Ministry of Women, Gender, and Diversity. 

“The complex context that Argentina is experiencing of difficulties, hostility, and refusal of the national government to sustain many of the public policies that were carried out in recent years, puts the private sector at the center, which clearly has all the conditions to make an important contribution and become a decisive factor to support from another place different from the one we have been used to because the State has run away,” gay Congressman Esteban Paulón told the Washington Blade.

The congressman added “the private sector, and from the cooperation between the public sector and the private sector, can work and sustain many of the achievements that have been achieved in these years.” Paulón said they include implementation of a labor quota for transgender people that Milei’s government is no longer implementing, but “could be sustained” with a “firm commitment” from the private sector.

Onax Cirlini, HRC’s AR Equity implementing partner, said that “beyond the institutional efforts highlighted in this report, we see the dynamics generated by activism organized by employee resource groups (ERGs)/business resource groups (BRGs) or affinity groups.” 

“This internal momentum, often led by people in the community itself, enhances institutional equality efforts by providing continuity and persistence,” said Cirlini.

Dolores Covacevich, another HRC AR Equity implementing partner, stressed the group recognizes “the importance of every role within companies and organizations as they work toward the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion policies, and the commitment to LGBT+ inclusion efforts.”

“We know that none of this work would be possible without inclusive leadership that promotes these processes,” said Covacevich.

HRC has worked with groups in Mexico, Chile, and Brazil to implement similar indexes in their respective countries.

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