Young, Lesbian and Out on the Streets of San Salvador
I recently had the chance to take part in an interview between two activists from the Salvadoran lesbian community-- Veronica Reyna and Andrea Ayala-- and GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.) GLAAD’s Alexandra Bolles carried out the interview from her New York apartment via Skype, and I served as the interpreter. The three-hour discussion covered everything from the LGBT community’s history in El Salvador, to Reyna and Ayala’s personal coming-out stories, to the instrumental role that social networks play in finding a partner when you live in a homophobic country. Bolles and I found ourselves blown away by the courage of these two young women to continue to struggle for their rights. We were inspired by their stories. Below, you find excerpts of each of the three published parts of the interview, along with an excerpt of the fourth article, which Bolles and I co-authored. This article argues the importance of solidarity actions from the US in support of the Salvadoran LGBT community, and presents possibilities for us to do so. Enjoy, and for more information, you can contact the sites listed in the fourth article, or me, at Dmack08@gmail.com.