Sandra Morán, Guatemala’s first openly LGBT politician elected to national office, was sworn in as a Deputy of the Congress of the Republic this week. Morán, who is a lesbian, represents the leftist Convergencia party.
Morán has long been an advocate for women, the LGBT community, and indigenous populations in Guatemala. She told the Washington Blade that her candidacy energized the LGBT community in the country, because this was the first time a national-level politician “who is like them” was running for office.
While in congress, Morán plans to bring forward legislation to further LGBT rights in Guatemala. Specifically, she hopes to address widespread discrimination and violence against members of the LGBT community, in particular lesbian and trans women. She also plans to tackle poverty, which is one of the “general problems” faced by LGBT Guatemalans.