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Fri Jun 21, 2019, 01:52 AM

Aldo Davila set to be Guatemala's 1st openly gay congressman

Source: Associated Press

Aldo Dávila set to be Guatemala’s 1st openly gay congressman

By SONIA PÉREZ D.
June 20, 2019

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Aldo Iván Dávila Morales is poised to take up a seat in Guatemala’s congress in January, making history as the first openly gay man elected to the country’s legislature.

Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old activist says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause. He intends to begin his congressional career with three main agenda points: Fighting endemic corruption, ensuring Guatemalans’ right to health care and defending human rights, with a focus on the LGBTQ community.

“I’m happy, with a lot of mixed feelings,” Dávila said in an interview with The Associated Press. “The worry is I’m putting myself in a snake pit. But at the same time I’m no slouch, and I’m ready and able to fight when it needs to be done.”

While it hasn’t been officially confirmed by electoral authorities, experts say Dávila’s left-wing Winaq party won four congressional seats in Sunday’s general election, and he is set to represent a Guatemala City district.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/6ee9f7e7a64944e68531fd02a01a3ce1


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