Pride in South America
For our last Pride Around the World blog post we’ll be looking at Pride in South America. Many countries on the continent have legalized same-sex marriage and banned any discrimination against 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. Furthermore, many South American countries do not require trans people to have surgeries or judge rulings to change their name or gender designation. South Americans 2SLGBTQ+ people have been present throughout our history, including Sylvia Rivera, a Puerto Rican Venezuelan Drag Queen, who was a leader at the Stonewall riots in 1969. There are also many individuals who have fought for the 2SLGBTQ+ cause in South America itself.
Jean Wyllys, Brazil’s first openly gay member of parliament, pushed for minority rights in the face of criticism and even death threats which eventually forced him to leave the country for his safety. In 2015, he appeared in a documentary about the political climate in Brazil and Wyllys’ fight for 2SLGBTQ+ rights called Entre os Homens de Bem. Another inspiring South American is Diane Zambrano, a 2SLGBTQ+ activist from Ecuador who was the first trans person in the country to run for office. She has pushed for equal marriage rights as well as transgender rights in Ecuador.
Below is a list of some books written by 2SLGBTQ+ South Americans, all available at the uOttawa Library:
- Gabriela Mistral : selected poems by Gabriela Mistral
- Le jardin d’à côté by José Donoso
- La virgen de los sicarios by Fernando Vallejo
- The buried sea : new and selected poems by Rane Arroyo
- Pecho Frío by Jaime Bayly