SANTO DOMINGO.- Officials and political leaders of the LGBTI community (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex) from Latin America and the Caribbean will participate this week in Santo Domingo in a meeting on political leadership, as announced today by organizers.
The Third Meeting of LGBTI Political Leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean will have as its motto "Democracy for Equality" and will bring together more than 200 LGBTI leaders.
It will be held on March 31 and April 1 in a hotel in Santo Domingo, and will be preceded on March 30 by a national meeting of LGBTI political leaders from the Dominican Republic.
The activity will be attended by Carmen Muñoz, Deputy Minister of Government and Police of Costa Rica; the deputees Manuel Canelas (Bolivia), Tamara Adrian and Rosmit Mantilla (Venezuela), Martín Couto (Uruguay), Benjamín Medrano (Mexico) and Sandra Morán (Guatemala), according to a statement from the organizers.
Likewise, the event will be attended by Senator Desiree Sousa de Croes (Aruba) and Congressmen Diane Rodríguez (Ecuador) and Alberto de Belaunde (Peru).
The goal of the congress is to improve the skills and opportunities of LGBTI elected leaders and elected officials to participate in the democratic process, as a way to achieve equality, said the information.
The organizers' statement said that just five years ago the number of openly LGBTI people in elected and government offices in Latin America and the Caribbean "could be counted with only one hand."
However, "today there are over 70 in the region and the number is growing dramatically as the LGBTI community becomes aware of the importance of this space in building more inclusive and participatory societies."
This meeting, previously held in Peru and Honduras, "seeks to generate in the participants new ideas about political participation and how to work to advance towards equality," it said.
It is organized by Dominican Diversity, Affirmative Caribbean and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, in collaboration with the Center for LGBTI Cooperation and Development (Somos CDC), the Center for the Promotion and Defense of Sexual and Reproductive Rights (Promsex) United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation