A record-number of LGBTQ+ candidates have been elected to Colombia’s national Congress.
Out of 24 total out LGBTQ+ candidates who ran for office in this year’s cycle, six won their races and have now tripled the number of LGBTQ+ representatives in Congress. Among the winners were incumbent Angélica Lozano, previously the first bisexual legislator in the country, who won her re-election bid, and Carolina Giraldo, who is both the first out person elected from her district and the first out lesbian elected to Congress.
Other winners include Susana Boreal, Andrés Cancimance, Alejandro García, and María del Mar Pizarro, all of whom were the first out representatives elected from their respective districts.
In a statement shared with the press, Alhelí Partida, the Director of Global Programs at the LGBTQ Victory Institute called the election “historic,” saying that it “exemplifies growing momentum for equality in the country.”
She added, “In addition to the trailblazers who ran this cycle, this success also belongs to the grassroots activists and community leaders who worked tirelessly to support these candidates and promote LGBTQ acceptance in communities across the country.”