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Se celebró el Orgullo LGBTQ en El Salvador desde casa

El Salvador G organizó una celebración virtual

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El Salvador G se organizó “#OrgulloEnCasaSV” (Captura de pantalla)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador El Orgullo LGBTQ en El Salvador, se celebró en Internet al igual que en el resto mundo este año; debido a la pandemia que se está viviendo a nivel mundial, todas las instituciones que se encargan de la organización de la marcha en sus respectivos países comenzaron a tener reuniones virtuales para sondear la manera en cómo se podía solventar la celebración y mostrar el orgullo de manera virtual, sin exponer a nadie a salir a las calles como cada año.

En El Salvador, muchas de las organizaciones LGBTQ que están conglomeradas en la Federación Salvadoreña LGBTI han dedicado más tiempo a solidarizarse en la recolección de víveres y artículos de primera necesidad para apoyar a sus bases que se han visto afectadas, tanto por la pandemia, al igual que por las tormentas que han azotado al país. Una de estas organizaciones es Asociación Entre Amigos.

“Hemos estado trabajando en las emergencias, que no hemos tenido ni oportunidad de pensar que es junio, pero como Federación se realizó algo, al igual que otras organizaciones compañeras”, comentó al Washington Blade, William Hernández, director de Asociación Entre Amigos.

Por ello El Salvador G, un portal salvadoreño que se ha destacado durante 11 años como medio de comunicación de la población LGBTQ y al mismo tiempo siempre han participado de la celebración del Orgullo LGBTQ en el país, este año fue el encargado de llevar la celebración de manera digital.

“Desde febrero comenzamos a tener reuniones virtuales con nuestros pares organizadores del Pride en otros países, para ver cómo iban solventando en ese momento, como Australia y otros más”, informa al Blade, Nicolás Rodríguez, director de El Salvador G. “Propusimos que no se cancelaran las marchas, sino que se pospusieron a finales de año para aquellos países que no tienen invierno en esa época”.

Al tenerse una respuesta favorable de diversos colegas organizadores se acepta la cancelación en junio toda celebración de calle y se traslada a nivel virtual, “por ello se realizó el 27 de junio el Global Pride a nivel internacional, en donde El Salvador tuvo su participación por la noche y El Salvador G, lo transmitió en vivo”, comenta al Blade Rodríguez. “De ahí nace la idea de una maratón de videos llamada #OrgulloEnCasaSV, proyecto al cual se han sumado colectivos de artistas, colectivos de ONG’s, entre otros, por lo cual ha sido muy utilizado el hashtag”.

En esta iniciativa a través de la página de Facebook de El Salvador G, se estuvieron presentando diversas entrevistas en vivo a organizaciones, a gente histórica en el movimiento de El Salvador, que han contado un poco de la incidencia que se ha venido haciendo con el pasar del tiempo.

“La iniciativa de El Salvador G es muy buena, nosotras participamos de un conversatorio que se realizó y también con videos para El Orgullo en Casa SV”, expresó en una pequeña entrevista con el Blade, Karla Guevara, directora ejecutiva de la Asociación Colectivo Alejandría.

Por su parte COMCAVIS TRANS junto al Centro Cultural de España en El Salvador trabajaron en una muestra fotográfica virtual titulada “Diversificando nuestra existencia con el Orgullo”, para lo que la directora ejecutiva de la organización, Bianca Rodríguez, comentó al Blade que, “con este portafolio se pretende mostrar la situación de precariedad en que se encuentra inmersa la población bajo diferentes temáticas como el desplazamiento forzado, su cotidianidad, la situación laboral por el COVID-19, entre otros”.

De esa manera se visibilizó otro rostro del día del Orgullo, con las diferentes realidades que las personas LGBTQ, en especial personas trans, viven en El Salvador; al mismo tiempo se reivindica la existencia de cuerpos diversos y las diferentes expresiones del amor entre las personas, la muestra fotográfica aún está en línea a través de la página https://www.comcavistrans.org/.

El Ministerio de Cultura del Gobierno de El Salvador, presentó junto a la embajada de la República de Cuba y con el apoyo de la Asociación ASPIDH Arcoíris Trans, la 3ª Muestra Digital de Cine LGBTIQ+ El Salvador, la cual se presentó del 26 al 30 de junio, todas las producciones eran para un público mayor de 21 años, los enlaces para ver las películas eran solicitados por medio de mensajes privados al Facebook del Ministerio a las 8:00 p.m. de las fechas establecidas.

La muestra se inauguró con el estreno salvadoreño titulado “SoulMeet”, un corto de ficción dirigido por Jesús Vanegas; además, el documental salvadoreño “Rosa”, que fue considerado el mejor documental independiente en el Festival de Cine Independiente en New York, en 2006, el cual fue dirigido por Erika Saca, Chiki Vásquez y Orlando Álvarez.

A esta visibilidad en redes sociales, también se sumó la Iglesia Episcopal Anglicana de El Salvador, quienes del 22 al 27 de junio estuvieron publicando reflexiones bíblicas hechas por personas LGBTQ que pertenecen al Ministerio de Diversidad Sexual de la misma, cerrando el 28 de junio con una Eucaristía en línea dedica al Orgullo LGBTQ, en donde la predica principal fue dada por el coordinador de dicho ministerio y las oraciones llevadas por parte de las chicas y chicos del mismo. 

Por medio de videos y un escrito, la Federación Salvadoreña LGBTI mostró su posicionamiento ante la conmemoración virtual del 28 de junio; video en el cual presentan datos históricos del porqué de la marcha en el país, al igual cifras de asesinatos a personas LGBTQ en el país, 145 registrados entre 2016 y 2018 y solo en los primeros meses de 2020 se registraron 4 asesinatos de personas gays y trans; según datos de la Secretaria de Inclusión Social a través de la Dirección de Diversidad Sexual, entes clausurados por el gobierno de Nayib Bukele.

Y aunque toda celebración de la diversidad existente y la reivindicación se trasladó al ámbito virtual este 2020, el objetivo principal sigue siendo el mismo,

“Las marchas han servido no solo para celebrar nuestra vida, sino también para manifestarnos y demandar nuestro reconocimiento como ciudadanas y ciudadanos que indistintamente de nuestras orientaciones sexuales, de nuestra identidad y/o expresión de género, somos seres humanos a quienes se nos debe garantizar el ejercicio pleno de nuestros derechos”, expresó en un vídeo compartido por la Federación Salvadoreña LGBTI, Erick Ortiz, coordinador general de Colectivo Normal y pre candidato a diputado por Nuestro Tiempo.

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Gay Guatemala congressman ‘scared’ for his life

Aldo Dávila a vocal critic of country’s president, corruption

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Guatemalan Congressman Aldo Dávila participates in a protest in Guatemala City in 2019. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

GUATEMALA CITY — A gay Guatemalan congressman who is a vocal critic of his country’s president and corruption says he is afraid for his life.

“I am scared of what may happen with so much persecution against me,” Aldo Dávila told the Washington Blade on Sept. 10 during an interview at a Guatemala City hotel. “I am scared for my life, for my partner, for my family and for my team.”

Dávila — a member of the Winaq movement, a leftist party founded by Rigoberta Menchú, an indigenous human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner — in 2019 became the first openly gay man elected to Guatemala’s congress. Dávila, who also lives with HIV, had previously been the executive director of Asociación Gente Positiva, a Guatemala City-based HIV/AIDS service organization.

Three men on April 19 approached his vehicle while it was stopped at a traffic light near Guatemala’s National Library and tried to rob him.

One of Dávila’s bodyguards who was driving shot one of the men. The other two men fled the scene before passersby and police officers arrived.

Dávila was not injured, but he later said in a Facebook post that he is “thankful for life.” Dávila told the Blade that Guatemalan authorities have not thoroughly investigated the attack.

“I requested an armored car after the attack, but I have not received it yet,” said Dávila, who arrived at the hotel with two female police officers who sat in the lobby while he spoke with the Blade. “This has not been resolved, even though it was in April. It is very complicated.”

Dávila said Culture Minister Felipe Aguilar, Congress President Allan Rodríguez and other supporters of President Alejandro Giammattei have lodged nine formal complaints against him after he publicly criticized the government over a variety of issues that include its response to the pandemic.

“It has been a systematic attack against me,” said Dávila.

Dávila told the Blade that he and his partner installed cameras in their apartment after someone killed their dog. Dávila also said he continues to receive death threats online and at his home.

“We are going to kill you, we are going to shut you up,” said Dávila, referring to the type of threats he says he receives.

“They send me little messages, I am clearly making those who are corrupt very uncomfortable,” added Dávila.

Prominent transgender activist murdered in June

Discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity remains commonplace in Guatemala.

Dávila told the Blade that 21 LGBTQ people have been reported killed in Guatemala so far in 2021, including one person who was stoned to death.

Andrea González, executive director of Organización Trans Reinas de la Noche, a trans advocacy group, was shot to death in Guatemala City on June 11, days after Vice President Kamala Harris visited the country. The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power both condemned González’s murder, but Dávila told the Blade there has been “no investigation.”

“It’s one more case about which to forget, unfortunately,” said Dávila.

Dávila also noted he has met with officials who include representatives of the National Civil Police, the Public Ministry and the National Institute for Forensic Sciences “to ask what they are doing” to combat anti-LGBTQ violence in the country.

“This is serious,” he said.

Organización Trans Reinas de la Noche Executive Director Andrea González in D.C. when she participated in the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program. She was killed in Guatemala City on June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

‘People don’t migrate because they want to’

Menchú, Visibles Executive Director Daniel Villatoro and Ingrid Gamboa of the Association of Garifuna Women Living with HIV/AIDS are among the 18 members of Guatemalan civil society who participated in the roundtable with Harris while she was in the country. The U.S. vice president met with Giammattei before the event.

Harris has previously acknowledged that violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity is among the “root causes” of migration from Guatemala and other Central American countries. Harris and other Biden administration officials have also told migrants not to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“People migrate because states don’t have the capacity to respond to the most basic needs,” said Dávila. “People don’t migrate because they want to. People don’t migrate because (they say) today I am going to go to the United States because I have nothing to do. They don’t go on vacation. They go in search of health, work, security and economic resources to be able to sustain themselves.”

“Guatemala has not had the capacity to retain Guatemalans because it doesn’t offer them the minimum to be able to live,” he added.

Dávila described Harris’ visit to Guatemala as “important.”

He said Guatemalans are “eternally grateful for the” COVID-19 vaccines the U.S. has donated to the country. Dávila added he would like Washington to “take a look at the human rights violations that are happening in” the country and further sanction those who are responsible for them.

Giammattei earlier this year named his chief of staff to Guatemala’s Constitutional Court.

The U.S. has granted asylum to former Attorney General Thelma Aldana, who the Constitutional Court refused to allow to run for president in 2019 after prosecutors alleged she embezzled money from a building purchase. The Biden administration in July stopped working with current Attorney General Consuelo Porras’ office after it fired Juan Francisco Sandoval, a leading anti-corruption prosecutor who subsequently fled the country.

The U.S. has imposed travel bans on a number of Guatemalan officials, but Dávila said these sanctions are not effective.

“We want clearer, more drastic sanctions,” he said. “The U.S. has been a historical ally for Guatemala, not just since yesterday, not from five years ago … it has been economically and financially supporting this country for a long time. The United States can impose more drastic sanctions against the government so the government stops being corrupt, so the government does not fight against migration.”

A monument to migrants in Salcajá, Guatemala, on March 9, 2019. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Dávila told the Blade he has not decided whether he will run for a second term in 2023.

Dávila said he has had “some problems” with the Winaq movement over funding for hospitals during the pandemic, but he remains a member. Dávila told the Blade he has received invitations to join other political parties.

“I am thinking about it and evaluating all the scenarios,” he said.

Dávila added he remains “very proud to be part of the opposition in the history of this country.”

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Draft of new Cuba family code contains marriage equality provision

National Assembly expected to vote on proposal in December

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(Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Cuba’s Justice Ministry on Wednesday released a draft of a proposed new family code that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples in the country.

Tremenda Nota, the Washington Blade’s media partner in Cuba, reported the proposed Article 61 of the new family code defines “marriage as a union of two people with legal aptitude who voluntarily agreed to enter into it in order to build a life together based on affection and love.”

The Justice Ministry, according to Tremenda Nota, released the draft a week after a commission that has been charged with writing the new family code met with President Miguel Díaz-Canel and other officials.

Tremenda Nota reported the National Assembly is expected to vote on the new family code in December. The Associated Press noted a referendum on it would then take place.

“It protects all expressions of family diversity and the right of each person to establish a family in coherence with the constitutional principles of plurality, inclusion and human dignity,” National Union of Jurists of Cuba Vice President Yamila González Ferrer told the Associated Press.

The draft’s release comes nearly three years after the government removed an amendment from a draft of Cuba’s new constitution that would have extended marriage rights for same-sex couples after evangelical groups on the Communist island publicly criticized it. Cuban voters in February 2019 overwhelmingly approved the new constitution without marriage equality.

A poster inside El Mejunje, an LGBTI-friendly cultural center in Santa Clara, Cuba, in 2019 indicates support for marriage rights for same-sex couples in the country’s new constitution. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Cuba would join Costa Rica, Colombia and a handful of other Latin American countries with marriage equality if the new family code draft becomes law.

Former President Fidel Castro in the years after the 1959 revolution that brought him to power sent gay men and others to work camps known by the Spanish acronym UMAP. His niece, Mariela Castro, the daughter of former President Raúl Castro who spearheads LGBTQ-specific issues as director of Cuba’s National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX), and Díaz-Canel both publicly support marriage equality.

Tremenda Nota Director Maykel González Vivero is among the hundreds of people who Cuban police arrested on July 11 during anti-government protests that took place in Havana and across the country. Luis Ángel Adán Roble, a gay man who was once a member of the National Assembly, is among those who have been banned from leaving the country.

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Hong Kong Gay Games postponed for one year

Organizers cite potential COVID-related travel restrictions

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The Gay Games in Hong Kong are delayed until 2023. (Photo by Alkhairul via Bigstock)

Officials with Gay Games Hong Kong 2022, the committee organizing the quadrennial international LGBTQ sports event scheduled to take place in Hong Kong in November 2022, announced on Sept. 15 that the Gay Games will be postponed for one year due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After much internal deliberation and in consultation with the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) leadership and board, it has been decided that Gay Games 11, originally scheduled for November 2022, will be postponed to November 2023 in Hong Kong,” a statement released by the organizing committee says.

“This decision has been made primarily due to the unpredictable progression of COVID variants and the corresponding travel restrictions that continue to make it challenging for participants from around the world to make plans to travel to Hong Kong,” the statement says.

“With many parts of the world, including many across Asia, still struggling to contain the virus and facing uneven access to vaccines, we felt that delaying the Games until November 2023 will enhance the likelihood of delivering on our promise to have the Hong Kong Games serve as a beacon of hope for the wider community across the region,” it says.

In 2017, when the U.S.-based Federation of Gay Games selected Hong Kong to host the Games it predicted at least 12,000 athletes would participate in 36 sports at the Hong Kong Games. It also predicted that at least 75,000 spectators from throughout the world would turn out in Hong Kong to watch the games and participate in at least 20 accompanying arts and cultural events.

In its statement this week announcing the one-year postponement, the Gay Games Hong Kong committee also referred to opposition to the event expressed by some officials with the local Hong Kong government who are said to be aligned with China.

The Washington Post reported last month that one pro-Beijing lawmaker called the Gay Games “disgraceful” and a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” that could violate a strict security law imposed on Hong Kong by China that has led to the arrest and imprisonment of many pro-democracy protesters over the past year. Some have expressed concern that Gay Games spectators from Europe, North America or elsewhere could be subjected to arrest if they make statements critical of China during the Gay Games cultural events.

“Anti-inclusion objections to Gay Games Hong Kong from a small but vocal minority have galvanized the resolve of our 300 volunteers, and brought overwhelming support from the general public, business community and establishment legislators,” the Gay Games Hong Kong statement says. “Mrs. Carrie Lam, Hong Kong Chief Executive, has also expressed her support for the spirit of inclusion and diversity of the games,” according to the statement. 

“We would like to thank everyone for their early support and will ride this wave of positivity to the most successful hosting of Gay Games 11 Hong Kong in 2023,” the statement concludes.

D.C. and Guadalajara, Mexico were the two finalist cities competing with Hong Kong to host the 2022 Gay Games. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser traveled to Paris in 2017 to join officials with Team DC, the local LGBTQ sports organization that helped prepare D.C.’s bid to host the Games, to deliver D.C.’s final but unsuccessful presentation before the FGG in support of its bid to host the Games.

Under FGG rules and past practice, the finalist city or cities that competed to host the Gay Games are given an opportunity to reinstate their bid in the unlikely event that the city selected to host the Games can no longer serve as the host city.

Brent Minor, executive director of Team D.C., who served as chair of D.C.’s Gay Games Bid Committee in 2017, did not respond to a request from the Blade for comment on whether Team D.C. would consider renewing its effort to push for D.C. to host the Gay Games if Hong Kong were unable to remain as the host city.

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