Asesinan hombre trans mientras hay una muerte sospechosa de una persona LGBTTIQ+…

El activista de derechos humanos Pedro Julio Serrano urgió a las autoridades a investigar apropiadamente dos muertes sospechosas ocurridas la semana pasada que podrían tratarse de personas LGBTTIQ+.

“Uno de los problemas más graves que tenemos con la Policía y el Departamento de Justicia es que no identifican a las personas LGBTTIQ+ en sus informes de incidencias. Casi todas las veces que asesinan a una persona LGBTTIQ+ es la propia comunidad quien la identifica. La Policía y Justicia incumplen sus protocolos y hasta parece que quieren ignorar, invisibilizar y minimizar el grave problema de la ola de violencia homofóbica y transfóbica que nos acecha como nunca antes”, aseveró Serrano.

El portavoz de Puerto Rico Para Tod@s exigió que se investigue el ángulo de odio en el asesinato de Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín el 9 de enero en Trujillo Alto que inicialmente la Policía reportó como una mujer, pero se trata de un hombre trans. De igual forma, exigió que se investiguen las circunstancias en las que murió Edwin Matías González, de 42 años, el 7 de enero en Lares.

“Por las circunstancias de estas muertes y por la experiencia con crímenes de odio, es que las autoridades deben investigar minuciosamente estos dos casos. De encontrarse que estas dos muertes son personas LGBTTIQ+ y que fueron asesinadas, ya serían catorce víctimas de la ola de violencia homofóbica y transfóbica que azota al país en dos años. Esto tiene que parar y el gobierno tiene que actuar, de inmediato, para atajar esta crisis”, sentenció Serrano.

El activista recordó que ya van doce víctimas fatales LGBTTIQ+ confirmadas en los pasados dos años: Kevin Fret, Alexa Negrón Luciano, Serena Angelique Velázquez, Layla Peláez, Emilio Colón, Penélope Díaz, Javier Morales, Carlos Robin Morales, Yampi Méndez, Luis Díaz, Michelle Ramos y Bryan Núñez Mártir.

Puerto Rico Para Tod@s se une a organizaciones LGBTTIQ+ en EEUU exigiendo la remoción de Trump…

El activista de derechos humanos Pedro Julio Serrano anunció, hoy, que Puerto Rico Para Tod@s se unió a decenas de organizaciones LGBTTIQ+ en Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico en una declaración que exige la remoción de Donald Trump como presidente de ese país.

“Nos unimos a esta declaración para pedir que se remueva a Donald Trump de la presidencia estadounidense porque está en peligro las vidas de millones de personas que viven en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico. Trump nunca debió ser presidente, pues siempre demostró su homofobia, misoginia, racismo, xenofobia y odio. Le hizo un daño grave al Mundo, especialmente a Puerto Rico con su desdén y atropello. Es hora de que se largue o sea removido de una vez y para siempre. Su legado será el ser relegado al zafacón de la historia”, sentenció Serrano.

Entre las organizaciones firmantes se encuentran cuatro puertorriqueñas: Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, Waves Ahead, Coalición Orgullo Arcoiris | Puerto Rico y el Comité Amplio para la Búsqueda de Equidad – CABE.

La declaración es la siguiente: 

“Como organizaciones LGBTTIQ+ y líderes del movimiento, exigimos la remoción inmediata e inequívoca de Donald Trump como Presidente de los Estados Unidos a través de la invocación de la 25 enmienda o por residenciamiento de ser necesario. La seguridad de los Estados Unidos y la seguridad personal de cada persona que vive allí está en grave peligro, y no podemos aguantar un día más con este hombre sedicioso y destructivo en la Casa Blanca”.

La lista completa de organizaciones que firman la declaración es la siguiente:

Ariadne Getty Foundation
Athlete Ally
Comité Amplio para la Búsqueda de Equidad – CABE Puerto Rico
Campus Pride
Coalición Orgullo Arcoiris | Puerto Rico
COLAGE
Deaf Queer Resource Center
Equality Federation
Equality Indiana
Family Equality
Gender Justice
Gender Justice League
GLAAD
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders  (GLAD)
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality
GLSEN
Hetrick-Martin Institute
Lambda Legal
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
NMAC
PFLAG National
Pride in Running
Pride Sports USA
PRISM
Puerto Rico Para Tod@s
RUSA LGBT
SAGE
STARR — Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform
The National Center for Transgender Equality
Transgender Law Center
Transgender Legal Defense And Education Fund
Waves Ahead

Urge atender con prioridad casos de violencia en contra de la comunidad LGBTTIQ+…

El activista de derechos humanos Pedro Julio Serrano urgió a la administración del flamante gobernador Pedro Pierluisi a atender con premura los casos de posibles crímenes de odio en contra de personas LGBTTIQ+ que no se han resuelto en los pasados meses.

“La administración de Wanda Vázquez no le dió prioridad a esta ola de violencia homofóbica y transfóbica que nos acecha como nunca antes. Es menester de la administración entrante de Pedro Pierluisi que presente un plan para atajar estos crímenes de odio y para resolver los casos pendientes de los pasados meses. Pierluisi hizo campaña prometiendo atender la desigualdad, la violencia y el discrimen en contra de la comunidad LGBTTIQ+. Es hora de practicar lo que predica”, aseveró Serrano.

El portavoz de Puerto Rico Para Tod@s hizo el llamado a horas de participar en una marcha para exigir justicia en el caso de Brian Núñez, joven gay que fue asesinado, hace un mes, en Aguadilla. La misma partirá de la escuela Irma Deliz de Isabela en la carretera Juan Hernández Ortiz, hoy viernes desde las 4pm. La misma recorrerá las calles del casco urbano y culminará en la plaza pública de Aguadilla con un acto de recordación.

“Exigimos que no se descarte ningún ángulo en esta, ni en ninguna otra investigación relacionada a las personas LGBTTIQ+. Los protocolos de la Policía y de Justicia así lo exigen, que se descarte ese ángulo de odio si se trata de un miembro de nuestras comunidades LGBTTIQ+. A los funcionarios electos les exhorto a poner en la agenda prioritaria el atender esta crisis de violencia transfóbica y homofóbica que nos está costando tantas vidas. Ya basta de tanto odio”, concluyó Serrano.

Por último, Serrano recordó que ya van doce víctimas fatales LGBTTIQ+ en los pasados dos años: Kevin Fret, Alexa Negrón Luciano, Serena Angelique Velázquez, Layla Peláez, Emilio Colón, Penélope Díaz, Javier Morales, Carlos Robin Morales, Yampi Méndez, Luis Díaz, Michelle Ramos y Brian Núñez Mártir.

No hay mejor ni mayor satisfacción que los logros alcanzados…

No hay mejor, ni mayor satisfacción que los logros alcanzados cuando más te subestiman. En los tres años que laboré en el Programa Vida y la Clínica Transalud del Municipio de San Juan, logramos lo que parecía inalcanzable.

Agradezco, sobre todo, a la Alcaldesa de San Juan, Hon. Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, por la confianza depositada en mi. Me llevo muchas emociones, pero sobre todo el orgullo de haber laborado para el mejor centro de todo Puerto Rico y me atrevo a apostar que del Mundo.

Entre los logros, se encuentran:

1. Se cambió el nombre de Programa Sida a Programa Vida, una sola letra que hace una diferencia enorme para combatir el estigma y el discrimen en contra de las personas que vivimos con vih.

2. Durante la visita de Joint Commission, en octubre de 2019, el evaluador indicó que el Programa Vida es el mejor y más completo centro de cuidado para personas que vivimos con vih e indicó que recomendaría a las demás clínicas en EEUU y PR a venir al centro a hacer sesiones de mejores prácticas (best practices) para mejorar y ampliar sus servicios.

3. Se implantó un nuevo récord médico electrónico con portal de paciente, facturación inmediata y sistema de turnos interactivo.

4. Se creó una aplicación por la cual se pueden ordenar medicamentos de manera automática y se han despachado alrededor de $25 millones en medicamentos libres de costo para los participantes, incluyendo la entrega de los nuevos medicamentos que salen al mercado antes de que sean incluidos en los programas de asistencia de medicamentos.

5. Se inauguró una clínica de neurología y neuropsicología, que es la única en Puerto Rico para personas que vivimos con VIH.

6. Se construyó un nuevo laboratorio que está próximo a inaugurarse, el cual podrá dar resultados a pruebas el mismo día y permitirá facturar dichos servicios, siendo auto sustentable.

7. El porcentaje de participantes con niveles indetectables del virus está en un 92.95% cuando el promedio nacional estadounidense es de 62.7%.

8. Se han curado de Hepatitis C un 98% de los participantes con dicha condición en un protocolo estricto libre de costos.

9. Los participantes de la Clínica Transalud aumentaron de 52 a 166 en tres años.

10. Se ampliaron los servicios de la Clínica Transalud de servicios médicos primarios a incluir servicios de vivienda, estudio y trabajo.

11. Se renombró la Clínica Transalud como la Clínica Soraya Santiago para reconocer a una ícono de nuestras comunidades.

12. Se remodeló y remozó el centro para lucir sus mejores galas, incluyendo construcción de nuevas áreas de servicios clínicos.

13. Todas las monitorías, inspecciones y auditorías de todas las agencias reguladoras fueron completadas satisfactoriamente.

14. Durante la pandemia, se entregaron compras y medicamentos a los participantes en sus hogares.

15. De igual forma, tras Irma y María, se entregaron compras y vales de alimentos a los participantes, así como se prepararon desayunos y almuerzo por tres meses.

Sin embargo, el logro más importante es haber mantenido un ambiente laboral libre de conflictos, con una cultura enfocada en el servicio de excelencia a los participantes y con metas superadas que parecían imposibles.

Me voy con la frente en alto, con el orgullo de haber contribuido, como persona LGBTTIQ+ y que vive con vih, al bienestar de mi gente trans y de las personas que vivimos vih.

Gracias a todo el equipo del Programa Vida y la Clínica Transalud por hacer de nuestro centro el mejor y más completo.

La meta siempre fue dar vida, amor y esperanza a mi gente. Lo logramos.

Hate Crimes Are on the Rise in Puerto Rico. Will Pierluisi Take a Stand for LGBTQ Communities?

By Pedro Julio Serrano | The Americano

Gov.-elect Pedro Pierluisi has tried to distance himself from the anti-LGBTQ views of his party, but it remains to be seen if he will make curbing anti-LGBTQ discrimination and hate crimes a priority.

Puerto Rico has been at the forefront of LGBTQ rights. We are far more advanced than 30 US states and territories, according to the Movement Advancement Project’s (MAP) LGBTQ Equality Map.

This is true even while the LGBTQ communities have fought anti-LGBTQ efforts from the outgoing government. LGBTQ and feminist activists were at the forefront of the protests that led to the ouster of Ricardo Rosselló from La Fortaleza after a homophobic, misogynist, and hate-filled chat was published. The same group of leaders forced Rosselló to drop a religious freedom bill that sought to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ people.

RELATED: LGBTQ Community Celebrates Pope Endorsing Same-Sex Civil Unions

Now, we have a new governor-elect from the same party that has led the fight against LGBTQ issues, Pedro Pierluisi. Interestingly, during his campaign, he tried to distance himself from his anti-LGBTQ views from the past and even those from his own party, which has been ardently homophobic by enacting a Civil Code that endangers LGBTQ rights. 

In June, the governor-elect celebrated a recent US Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ discrimination and vowed to combat discrimination against the LGBTQ community in a campaign ad. This is a first in the New Progressive Party’s (PNP) history.

Pierluisi has also vowed to pursue a public school curriculum with gender perspective and has promised to declare a state of emergency due to the crisis of gender violence in Puerto Rico. 

This pivot made by Pierluisi is a radical change from his own party, who has the most anti-LGBTQ legislators in history. It might have been a campaign strategy, due to the fact that a new anti-LGBTQ party, Partido Dignidad, emerged and took away thousands of voters from the PNP. Also, it was viewed as a strategy to distance himself from Charlie Delgado, his challenger from the Popular Democratic Party, who was more conservative than him.

RELATED: Ricardo Negrón Commits His Life to Empowering Latino Voters and LGBTQ Communities

To make things more interesting in 2021, we will have the most diverse legislature in history, which will be led by the Popular Democratic Party. It will also have the addition of legislators from two new parties, one progressive and one regressive. This means that consensus should drive the next four years. Or at least we hope so.

The landscape of Puerto Rican government will be as complex as the crisis we are facing. In the last year, six transgender people have been murdered and in the last two years, almost 15 LGBTQ people have been killed and there have multiple attacks in which the survivors have lived to tell their story. This is a spike in anti-LGBTQ violence we haven’t seen in years.

This means that Pierluisi’s government will have to step up where outgoing Gov. Wanda Vázquez’ administration has failed by not curbing increasing anti-LGBTQ violence. He will have to issue executive orders to prioritize not only the gender violence emergency, but also the hate crimes crisis that we face.

If Pierluisi is true to his word, he should look for a bill that prohibits anti-LGBTQ discrimination in housing, credit, and public accommodations. He should also guarantee that LGBTQ youth have their rights protected in the public school system and work with the legislature to amend the Civil Code in order to protect and expand LGBTQ rights.

Above all, Pierluisi will have to use the bully pulpit to combat anti-LGBTQ discrimination, violence, and hate crimes. He has the opportunity that Rosselló failed to comprehend. There is no turning back on LGBTQ rights. 

The only way to move on this issue is forward. The governor-elect campaigned as he understood this truth. Now it’s his time to prove that he can walk the talk and to truly make Puerto Rico a place where all of us are respected, protected, and liberated.

“Orgulloso de que Manny Manuel es uno de los nuestros”…

El activista de derechos humanos Pedro Julio Serrano se mostró sumamente orgulloso con la noticia de que Manny Manuel anunció, ayer, que es un hombre gay.

“Me siento sumamente orgulloso de que Manny Manuel anuncie que es uno de los nuestros. Que una persona tan querida anuncie que es parte de nuestras comunidades LGBTTIQ+ le da esperanzas a miles de niños y jóvenes que están luchando para aceptar su orientación sexual o su identidad de género”, aseveró Serrano.

El portavoz de Puerto Rico Para Tod@s expresó que el proceso de salir del clóset es uno personal y cada uno debe escoger cuando está preparado para así hacerlo. “Cada cual revela su verdad cuando quiera. ¡Qué viva la libertad de ser y amar!”, añadió.

“Con su anuncio, viene una nueva responsabilidad. Por ser una figura tan querida y reconocida, le invito a que colabore —como lo han hecho Ricky Martin, Kany García, Choco Orta, Lisa M, Orlando ‘El Fenómeno’ Cruz— en la lucha para que todas las personas LGBTTIQ+ podamos alcanzar la equidad de derechos y la justicia que merecemos. Pero por hoy, celebramos que Manny es uno de los nuestros”, concluyó Serrano.

Pedro Julio opens up about his activism…

Pedro Julio Serrano is the executive director of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a nonprofit organization in Puerto Rico that focuses on political movement support for LGBTQI+ people. He shares his story as an openly HIV+ and gay man in Puerto Rico and takes us on a historical journey on the progress the island has made in terms of LGBTQI+ policies and laws.

By Iván López-Justiniano | Alturi

How did you get involved in activism?
Well, I actually did not start being an activist, I started as a politician. I was the first political candidate in Puerto Rican history to announce my sexual orientation as gay and also come out as HIV positive. This was back in 1998. I ran with the Partido Nuevo Progresista, which still continues to be a homophobic political party. I quit politics and became an activist. A few years after renouncing politics I founded Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a non profit organization that not only fights for LGBTQI+ equity but also advocates for social justice, environmental justice, and justice for every human. We cannot build a society without intersectionality and transversal justice. This is why I became involved in activism. I remember that what initiated everything was when I watched on the news that they were announcing a new law to amend the constitution to prohibit marriage equality, which was already prohibited in Puerto Rico. I saw this as a homophobic attack. This new proposed law made me testify before the Senate. I remember thinking, “why isn’t there anyone like me here?” This is what made me run for politics, and the rest is history, as they say.

Seeing so much ignorance from our elected politicians made me realize that the problem was not only in the Senate. Even though there is institutionalized homophobia, we needed to change the minds and hearts of people. Politicians respond to their voters, therefore if it was normalized to be homophobic, we needed to mobilize society to change this behavior. I wanted to change the minds and hearts of people to demand change from their politicians and I believe that we have achieved this. 

What inspires you to do this work?
In 1994 I received results from my HIV test as positive. At that time this was a death sentence. I wanted to move forward and not let my HIV status stop me. During this time I started giving talks in schools about the importance of safe sex. Now that we are in different times, we know that undetectable means intransmissible, and what is important is to get tested and start treatment. I wanted to share my story. I was infected in my first sexual relationship. During 1997 I started realizing and learning more about the stigma that exists with HIV. Puerto Ricans, like many others, saw this as a gay issue. Therefore, I knew that I had to play a role in changing people’s mindsets around HIV and gay sex. Society only sees the LGBTQ community as a sexual identity, always being labeled and discussed around sex topics, but we are humans and sexuality is only a part of our identity. This inspired me to start my activism and promote change in Puerto Rican society. I was able to see this change in my own family. My family changed from denial and rejection to total celebration of my sexual orientation. I was able to see all the phases from rejection, to denial, then tolerance where the “issue” was not discussed, then respect and acceptance. Now they not only celebrate me, they have also become involved in activism. I want to make this happen in every Puerto Rican family. I knew that for the changes I wanted to see happen, we needed to involve Puerto Rican families to promote recognition of LGBTQI+ people as human. We do this by focusing on the media and learning from feminist frameworks to make the personal political. I used my story to personalize the issues and make families think “this could be my son, grandson, or brother,” and utilize me as a reference point. 

What is your focus in your work?
I work in different communities. During my activism I have learned that solidarity is a practice, not merely a theory. You have to be present in fights that may not be directly affecting you but that cause oppression. We need to all deal with the same issues around oppression and being different. I have been alongside different communities in Puerto Rico like the community from Barrio San Mateo de Cangrejo when dealing with expropriation, public housing communities, people with disabilities, feminist movements, antiracism fights, migrant communities, teachers, students, unions, and more. We have always been present in these fights and Puerto Rico Para Tod@s attempts to visualize the union between these fights and the LGBTQI+ community. We wanted these communities to know that LGBTQI+ people were there alongside them. In all of these communities, there are LGBTQI+ people and sometimes they are invisibilized because the focus of the fight can be different. We wanted LGBTQI+ people in every movement to be seen and celebrated. Solidarity has made these groups also be present in LGBTQI+ fights. This has created a space of collaboration that is very important in Puerto Rico.

What pushes you to continue using your voice to speak about LGBTQI+ issues?
I am going to give you an example that is as recent as yesterday. We were in a protest led by the transgender community in Puerto Rico because of the inaction of the government to deal with the violence that is occurring. We have had six murders of trans folks this year. One of the survivors of transphobic violence and hate crime was there and shared: “I want to thank one person. When I was attacked there was only one person who defended my gender identity publicly and demanded that I was treated as a trans woman and that person was Pedro Julio Serrano.” This is what keeps me going, knowing that we can have an impact on another person’s life and give them the dignity they deserve when others deny it. 

What is it like to be LGBTQI+ in Puerto Rico?
There is a famous Puerto Rican phrase that I think captures my sentiment: “small town, big hell.” I think it is very challenging because in Puerto Rico everyone knows each other and everyone talks about everyone. If you are still in the closet and people do not know about your sexual orientation or gender identity, someone can out you without your consent. We still have politicians who do not understand what gender perspective means or that are against LGBTQI+ rights. Right now we have a candidate running for governor who is publicly homophobic. There is a great influence from churches in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is the nation with the most churches by miles square in the world and this affects our reality. We have to deal with internalized homophobia and colonialism. We have to put into perspective that the minds of some Puerto Ricans are a colonized mentality, and we are beginning to learn how to be free. 

I do have to mention that Puerto Rico is ahead in terms of LGBTQI+ laws and policies compared to the majority of US states. LGBT Map ranks us ahead of many states in terms of laws, policies, and protections for LGBTQI+ people. This showcases the fight for equity in Puerto Rico, we have no Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, or National LGBTQ Task Force. Everything is based on volunteer work. There are no big LGBTQI+ organizations employing activists here. This example portrays the spirit of fight that Puerto Ricans have, even with all the barriers that I have mentioned. I see LGBTQI+ people in Puerto Rico with so much resilience, strength, and desire to change society. Additionally, LGBTQI+ people in Puerto Rico are always present in other political movements that happen on the island. We do not see our fight as individual; rather, a collective movement to fight against injustices. I feel very proud of LGBTQI+ people in Puerto Rico and what we have accomplished. 

What laws impact LGBTQI+ people?
In Puerto Rico, all the laws that exist cover both sexual orientation and gender identity. We have laws and policies around hate crimes, as well as protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, domestic violence, and same-sex marriage. Both federally and nationally, there are gender transition options in birth certificates and licensure, same-sex couple benefits, and adoption rights. 

What is currently happening in Puerto Rico that pertains to LGBTI+ people?
Currently, we are experiencing a wave of violent hate crimes. There have been twelve murders of LGBTQI+ people in the last fifteen months. We are seeing rampant acts of homophobia and transphobia that are very alarming. The majority of political candidates are either unaware or are publicly homophobic, and the new Civil Code endangers LGBTQI+ people. When I started doing activism LGBTQI+ topics were never discussed and politicians tended to evade the topic. Now if politicians are against LGBTQI+ rights or do not know how to express themselves on this matter, they can lose votes. I would say that now LGBTQI+ people are finally in a position of power when it comes to politics. When I started twenty years ago, the words LGBTQI+ and power were never seen as hand in hand. Now they are.  

What has changed in the past few years?
Change has been so radical in terms of society. We have been able to kick out local TV programs because of homophobic behavior. Society has changed so much that even conservative political candidates have to state that they will recognize and protect LGBTQI+ rights because they know that even to their followers, taking away LGBTQI+ rights is not desired. Yesterday I was at a protest and there was a 15-year-old trans person; this shows where we have moved as a society. I also direct a transgender health clinic in San Juan and the biggest HIV clinic and we have youths as young as 14 years old that come to the clinic with their parents to start their gender transition. We have couples who are 60+ years old who bring their spouses to start their gender transition as well. We have advanced so much that the majority of LGBTQI+ people no longer live in fear. 

What organization are you affiliated with?
Puerto Rico Para Tod@s is a non profit organization and the only one that has led two judicial cases: for gender transition options in birth certificates and for marriage equality rights. We boycotted a local TV show because of homophobic comments and we got it off the air. We have been present in all the political movements in Puerto Rico and we educate different organizations to move them against homophobia and transphobia. We also focus on the media to change the perception of society about LGBTQI+ people in Puerto Rico. The name translates to Puerto Rico for All and this really symbolizes what we hope for: an organization that is for everyone. I feel very proud of what we have accomplished in the last seventeen years and we are grateful to be able to continue doing the work. 

How does your organization operate?
We operate as a non profit that is based on volunteer work. All the funds that we receive are directed to advocacy work and direct services. We work in different legal cases and develop our own material to give training to schools and universities. We also provide training for advocates to support us in continuing the fight. We need to start moving leadership to a new generation.

What is your role?
I am the founder and executive director. We have a Board of Directors that decides the mission and objectives of the organization and give input in our programmatic services. I am also the face of the organization that is publicly showing up in different political movements. 

If readers want to support their work, how does funding explicitly benefit the organization?
We provide training to activists and advocates so they can continue the work. We also lobby and prepare testimonies for the legislature, develop studies and surveys to showcase the level of discrimination that LGBTQI+ people experience, and give direct services to LGBTQI+ youth experiencing homelessness and provide permanent housing. We have also supported LGBTQI+ folks affected by the hurricanes, earthquakes, and pandemic experienced in the last years. We really want to dispel the myth that Puerto Rican society is inherently homophobic and display all the progress we have made in the last years.  

Readers can donate funds at the following link: https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=NVXF4EV58VGJW.

*Responses have been edited and translated for clarity and length

Piden que no se descarte ángulo de odio en asesinato de Aguadilla…

El activista de derechos humanos Pedro Julio Serrano urgió a las autoridades a no descartar el ángulo de odio en el asesinato ayer de un joven en Aguadilla.

“Qué horror. Ya son doce personas LGBTTIQ+ que han sido asesinadas en menos de dos años que se suman a las más de 40 mujeres asesinadas en lo que va de año. Además, hay varias personas LGBTTIQ+ que han sobrevivido estos ataques violentos y hasta intentos de asesinato. Estamos viviendo una crisis de violencia de género y de crímenes de odio jamás antes vista en Puerto Rico. Es hora de que el gobierno actúe, de inmediato, para atajar esta epidemia de violencia misógina, homofóbica y transfóbica”, aseveró Serrano.

El portavoz de Puerto Rico Para Tod@s recordó que ya van doce víctimas fatales LGBTTIQ+ en los pasados 22 meses: Kevin Fret, Alexa Negrón Luciano, Serena Angelique Velázquez, Layla Peláez, Emilio Colón, Penélope Díaz, Javier Morales, Carlos Robin Morales, Yampi Méndez, Luis Díaz, Michelle Ramos y ahora Christopher Bryan Núñez Mårtir.

“Exigimos que no se descarte ningún ángulo en esta, ni en ninguna otra investigación relacionada a las personas LGBTTIQ+. Los protocolos de la Policía y de Justicia así lo exige, que se descarte ese ángulo de odio si se trata de un miembro de nuestras comunidades. A los funcionarios electos, sobre todo a aquellos que sean certificados finalmente, les exhorto a poner en la agenda prioritaria el atender esta crisis de violencia machista y homofóbica que nos está costando tantas vidas. Ya basta de tanto odio”, concluyó Serrano.

Fallece la madre de Pedro Julio Serrano…

Por Metro

Alicia Burgos, madre del activista de derechos humanos Pedro Julio Serrano, falleció en medio de una lucha contra el cáncer.

En una entrada en su cuent de Twitter, Serrano rindió homenaje a su progenitora.

“Mami, te amé, te amo y te amaré por siempre. Esta fue nuestra última foto junt@s —el día que nos despedimos y reafirmarmos nuestro amor. Nadie como tú — incondicional, irrepetible, indispensable. Eres y serás siempre mi luz, mi faro, mi guía. Siempre estarás orgullosa de mí”, escribio Serrano.

El mes pasado, el activista anunció que se retiraba de las redes sociales para dedicarse a su madre, a quien le fue diagnosticado cáncer en los huesos con metástasis.

Burgos se destacó a través de los años por apoyar a su hijo en sus luchas por la igualdad de la comunidad LGBTQ.

Tan reciente como el miércoles pasado, la familia de Burgos le celebró su cumpleaños. 

“Hoy cumple 68 otoños la mujer que amo. La que me enseñó a luchar, la que siempre ha estado ahí, la incondicional. Mami libra su más ardua batalla y será victoriosa —como siempre. Estoy contigo, Mami, como has estado conmigo. Te amo más de lo que mis palabras puedan expresar”, escribió ese día Serrano en su cuenta de Twitter.

Pedro Julio Serrano pide oraciones para su madre…

El Vocero

El activista de derechos humanos Pedro Julio Serrano anunció que se retirará de las redes sociales para acompañar a su madre, Alicia Burgos, en su batalla contra el cáncer en los huesos.

“Mami tiene cáncer en los huesos con metástasis. Está librando su más grande batalla y —como ha estado siempre conmigo en las mías— estoy y estaré con ella en las suyas”, escribió en un emotivo mensaje publicado en sus redes sociales.

Serrano pidió oraciones y buenas vibras para su madre, quien siempre ha expresado el orgullo que siente por su hijo a través de diferentes medios.

“Agradecido del amor que siempre me han dado, les pido que sus oraciones, sus buenas vibras y sus nobles intenciones estén con ella en este proceso. Mami, te amo más de lo que mis palabras puedan expresar”, culminó.

El pasado 10 de octubre, Serrano publicó varias fotos acompañado de Burgos. Acompañó la publicación con el mensaje “Mami, enfrentas tu más grande batalla. Como siempre —con gallardía, valentía y dignidad— lucharás y vencerás”.