Category Archives: Puerto Rico

Do Laws Effectively Deter Anti-LGBT Attacks?

There are some stories that simply leave even the most cynical bloggers and journalists speechless. The brutal attack of a gay Chilean man earlier this month is one of them. Raúl Alfonso López Fuentes, Alejandro Axel Angulo Tapia, Patricio Iván … Continue reading

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Fortuño Indicates Support for LGBT-Inclusive Hate Crimes Law

Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño indicated to reporters on Friday, Dec. 9, that he supports the island’s current hate crimes law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The governor answered questions about the proposed changes to Puerto … Continue reading

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Human Rights Campaign Again Blasts Proposal to Remove LGBTs from Puerto Rico Hate Crimes Law

The country’s largest LGBT rights organization has once again blasted a proposed provision of Puerto Rico’s new penal code that would eliminate sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and other categories from the island’s hate crimes law. “It would be … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico House to Review Proposal to Remove LGBTs from Hate Crimes Law

Puerto Rico House of Representatives President Jenniffer González announced on Monday, Dec. 5, that she would review a proposed provision to the penal code that would remove sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and ethnic ethnicity from the island’s hate … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico Lawmakers Move to Remove LGBTs from Hate Crimes Law

Puerto Rican lawmakers are poised to vote on a revised penal code this week that could eliminate LGBT-specific categories from the island’s hate crimes law. The Puerto Rico Senate late last month approved a provision that would eliminate sexual orientation, … Continue reading

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Has Anything Changed in Puerto Rico Since Jorge Steven’s Murder?

Today marks the second anniversary of Puerto Rican gay teenager Jorge Steven López Mercado’s brutal murder. Juan José Martínez Matos stabbed Jorge Steven López Mercado to death on Nov. 13, 2009, before he decapitated, dismembered and partially burned his body. … Continue reading

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Transgender Woman Found Murdered in East Harlem Apartment

Spending the summer on Fire Island can certainly insulate one from the outside world, but news of another transgender person’s death provides an all too sobering reminder of the reality that LGBT people continue to confront. Camila Guzman was found … Continue reading

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¡Wepa!

Boricua pride was on full display in Bushwick and throughout the five boroughs on Sunday, June 12, as roughly two million Nuyoricans turned out for the 54th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. At the same time revelers lined Fifth Avenue, … Continue reading

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RIP Jorge Steven

Today marks the first anniversary of the brutal murder of gay Puerto Rican teenager Jorge Steven López Mercado. Juan José Martínez Matos stabbed López to death on Nov. 13, 2009, before he dumped the teenager’s decapitated, dismembered and partially burned … Continue reading

Posted in Comité Noviembre, Hate Crimes, Jorge Steven López Mercado, LGBT, Pedro Julio Serrano, Puerto Rico | Leave a comment

More than winning a verdict

As I look forward to another weekend on Fire Island, I would be completely remiss to not acknowledge a Puerto Rican family continues to grieve the loss of their beloved son. Juan José Martínez Matos confessed on Wednesday he stabbed … Continue reading

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