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RuPaul will soon launch a makeup line with Mally Beauty

Posted: 24 Apr 2018 09:43 AM PDT

RuPaul (Screenshot via YouTube)

RuPaul is collaborating with cosmetics brand Mally Beauty to create his own makeup line.

The collection will feature ten to twelve products curated by Ru himself. It’s set to launch early next year.

"Ru has always stayed true to who he is and unapologetically puts himself out there. He exemplifies self-acceptance and has inspired and taught millions of people to love themselves," founder Mally Roncal said in a statement released to Pop Sugar. "I feel blessed to have the honour of working with RuPaul and have him connected to my brand."

"I love Mally. Her approach to make-up is exemplified by her personality; smart, sexy, fun, and beautiful. I really dig this woman," RuPaul added in a statement.

This will be the second makeup collaboration for RuPaul. In 1994, he became the first drag queen to work with a major cosmetics brand with his beauty campaign for MAC.

#MallyXRuPaul 💋 More info coming soon!

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‘American Idol’ judges send Ada Vox to top 10 in ‘executive decision’

Posted: 24 Apr 2018 09:32 AM PDT

Ada Vox singing ‘And I Am Telling You’ on ‘American Idol’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Ada Vox may not have been a viewer favorite after her performance on Sunday but the “American Idol” judges weren’t going to let talent pass them by.

Viewers didn’t vote Vox, real name Adam Sanders, through to the top 10 after her performance on Sunday but the contestants were able to sing one more time for a chance at the top 10.

Vox sang a moving rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going” by Jennifer Holliday causing the audience to chant her name after the performance and the judges to make an “executive decision” to put Vox in the top 10.

"I don't know everything," Perry told Vox. "But I think we do know talent when we see it."

Vox was grateful to advance to the next round but reminded her fans to be sure to vote next week.

“Top 10 #Voxies!!!!!Please, please, please make sure you app vote next time if you want to keep me in the competition! This was too close for comfort! Haha. I love y’all,” Vox tweeted.

Watch below.

Watch: Christina Aguilera spills ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ secrets on ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Posted: 24 Apr 2018 09:09 AM PDT

Christina Aguilera, Melissa McCarthy and James Corden in ‘Carpool Karaoke’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Christina Aguilera joined James Corden for an edition of “Carpool Karaoke” on “The Late, Late Show with James Corden” on Monday.

Aguilera started off demonstrating to Corden how she vocalizes her signature growl while singing "Fighter.”

"How are you doing that with your voice?" Corden asks.

"That's an angsty thing, you've got to get your fighter on," she explained. Corden tries to copy the sound but says he ends up sounding like Fozzie Bear.

Melissa McCarthy makes an appearance and raps Redman’s intro on Aguilera’s hit song “Dirrty.” The trio then sing her other classic single “Genie in a Bottle.”

Aguilera also shared some secrets from behind the scenes of the “The Mickey Mouse Club” which included Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake as castmembers. Corden asks if she ever “got lost in Ryan Gosling’s eyes” but Aguilera says she “wasn’t on the train.”

"Were you on the Timberlake train?" Corden asks.

"Um, I think, there was like a… me and Britney… well now you know there was a thing back then.it was a good time," she says."He had swag. Back then he had swag.”

While she didn’t spill too much on her own crush she revealed Gosling may have had a crush on a certain future pop star.

"But I know Ryan did have a crush on Britney. I think so,” Aguilera says.

Watch below.

Boese beats Nadeau for Stein Club endorsement in Ward 1

Posted: 24 Apr 2018 05:37 AM PDT

Kent Boese, gay news, Washington Blade

Kent Boese won the endorsement of the Stein Club. (Photo courtesy Boese)

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club voted Monday night to endorse gay Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Kent Boese over incumbent Brianne Nadeau for the Ward 1 D.C. Council seat in the city's June 19 Democratic primary.

By unanimous voice vote, the club also endorsed Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, a longtime LGBT rights supporter who is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.

In the race for the Democratic nomination for one of two at-large D.C. Council seats, the club will not make an endorsement because none of the candidates, including incumbent at-large Council member Anita Bonds, received a required 60 percent of the vote needed for an endorsement under the Stein Club's rules.

Boese's victory over Nadeau by a margin of 31 votes to 8 votes surprised some observers who noted that Nadeau has been a strong supporter of LGBT rights during her first term in office. Some club members wondered why more of her LGBT supporters in the ward didn't turn out to vote for her.

Boese, who's a member of the Stein Club, the city's largest local LGBT political group, told club members that in addition to his experience working on a wide range of city issues as an ANC member, his status as a gay man gives him a greater insight into issues of concern to LGBT residents of the ward and the city as a whole.

"As the only LGBT candidate in this race I understand nuances that the others may not," he said.

The vote came during the first of two candidate endorsement forums the Stein Club has planned for the city's Democratic primary. It was held in a meeting hall at Kelsey Temple Church of God on Park Road, N.W. in the heart of the city's Columbia Heights neighborhood in Ward 1.

In addition of Boese and Nadeau, two other Democrats challenging Nadeau in the primary — Lori Parker and Sheika Reid — attended and spoke at Monday night's forum. All four of the Ward 1 candidates expressed strong support for LGBT rights. Reid received 3 votes and Parker received 2 votes among club members in the Ward 1 race.

Also expressing strong support for LGBT issues were Bonds and three Democratic candidates challenging Bonds for the at-large Council seat in the June 19 primary – Marcus Goodwin, Aaron Holmes, and Jeremiah Lowery.

The outcome of the vote by Stein Club members in the at-large race also surprised some observers. Bonds, a longtime LGBT rights supporter who was considered the favorite to win the club's endorsement, and Goodwin each received 14 votes. Lowery received 5 votes, Holmes received 4 votes, and the category of "no endorsement" received one vote.

In accordance with club rules, members approved a motion to hold a runoff vote between Bonds and Goodwin as the top two vote getters. In that second round of voting Bonds received 12 votes and Goodwin received eight votes. Four members voted for "no endorsement."

But Bonds fell short of receiving the club's endorsement because the club's rules require a 60 percent or greater vote total in order to win an endorsement. The outcome means the club will not make an endorsement for one of the two at-large D.C. Council seats up for election this year.

If it chooses to do so, the club can make an endorsement of a candidate running for the second at-large seat, which cannot go to a Democrat under the city's Home Rule Charter approved by Congress. In that race, lesbian restaurant owner Dione Reeder is running as an independent against incumbent at-large Council member Elissa Silverman, who's also an independent.

Reeder attended Monday night's Stein Club endorsement forum, saying she attends as many of the city's election forums as time permits. She said she would also seek the club's endorsement when it considers candidates running in the general election later this year.

During a question and answer period, nearly all of the candidates said they thought one of the biggest concerns for LGBT people in the city was the same as that for the public at large – the skyrocketing cost of housing that is forcing many longtime city residents to leave the city. The candidates also cited the threat of anti-LGBT violence as another key issue they would work to address.

The Stein Club has scheduled its second endorsement forum for May 15 in which it will consider endorsements for mayor, City Council chair, the Ward 5 and Ward 6 Council seats, the city's congressional delegate seat currently held by Eleanor Holmes Norton, and the "shadow" House and one of two "shadow" Senate seats up for election.

Stein Club President Earl Fowlkes told the Washington Blade after Monday night's forum that club members' strong support for Boese over Nadeau and their unexpectedly strong support for political newcomer Marcus Goodwin in the at-large Council race may be due to changing demographics among the city's voters.

"The political climate is changing in D.C.," he said. "We have a lot of new people moving in and their expectations of City Council members are different. And I think both candidates who are incumbents have to spend a lot more time educating new voters and younger people about their records," Fowlkes said.

Trayon White 'anti-Semitic' allegations surface

During the round of questioning from club members, each of the candidates in the Ward 1 and at-large Council races was asked about the controversy surrounding D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8).

The controversy first surfaced last month after the Washington Post published stories reporting that White had stated on social media that the Rothschilds, a Jewish banking family in Europe, controlled the weather and had influence over the U.S. government and the World Bank. White issued an apology after prominent Jewish community leaders expressed concern that those views were part of longstanding anti-Semitic and fake conspiracy theories.

The controversy appeared to be fading until the Post reported on Friday that White used his Council constituent services fund to make a $500 donation in January to a Nation of Islam conference in Chicago in which Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan made remarks disparaging of Jews and transgender people.

Each of the Council candidates that spoke at Monday's Stein Club forum responded to the questions by saying White made a mistake in using constituent services funds to make his donation to the Nation of Islam. Each also called on White to request a refund of the donation.

Nadeau reiterated her earlier statement calling on the Council to vote to reprimand White for his donation to the Nation of Islam. Bonds called for White to seek a refund of his donation but said she was undecided over whether the Council should reprimand White.

Fowlkes said he believes Farrakhan is both anti-Semitic and a homophobe, but he said he doesn't think White or all members of the Nation of Islam should be held responsible for what Farrakhan says or does any more than all Catholics should be held responsible for what a Pope says.

He said he thinks White made a mistake in making the donation with constituent funds to the Nation of Islam conference in January.

White, who won election to the Council in 2016, has expressed support for LGBT rights in his responses to the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance's candidate questionnaire at the time White ran for his Council seat in 2016. White has also signed on as a co-sponsor to a bill introduced last year by Nadeau that would require the city's motor vehicles department to allow people to choose the category of "non-binary" in describing their gender on a driver's license rather than having to choose their gender as either male or female.

Arrest made in D.C. gay murder

Posted: 24 Apr 2018 05:16 AM PDT

Sean Anderson, gay news, Washington Blade

Sean Anderson was shot to death on March 24. (Photo courtesy MPD)

D.C. police announced on Monday that they have arrested a 35-year-old District man for the March 24 shooting death of Sean Anderson, 48, who was found dead in an apartment at the Marbury Plaza Apartments on Good Hope Rd, S.E. in Anacostia.

Police said in a statement that members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Jerome Wilson of Southeast D.C. on a charge of second-degree murder while armed in connection with Anderson's death.

He was scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday for a hearing in which prosecutors were expected to file charging documents disclosing evidence that homicide detectives obtained to link Wilson to the murder.

Veteran D.C. transgender activist Earline Budd said she has known Anderson for many years and that he self-identified as a gay man who sometimes dressed in women's clothes, possibly to perform in drag.

"Sean was very beautiful and very talented," Budd said. "He was a wonderful singer," said Budd, who added that Anderson performed in talent shows.

The Washington Blade will report details of the case, including a possible motive for the murder, when they become available in charging documents filed in court.

Senate committee approves Mike Pompeo nomination

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 03:19 PM PDT

Mike Pompeo, gay news, Washington Blade

Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of state declined to specifically say whether he thinks being gay is “a perversion.” (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday by a 11-9 vote margin approved the nomination of Mike Pompeo to become the next secretary of state.

The vote took place without U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), a Pompeo supporter who was in Georgia to deliver his best friend’s eulogy. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who publicly opposes the nomination, voted present in order to accommodate Isakson.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who had previously opposed Pompeo’s nomination, announced just before the vote that he would support him.

President Trump last month nominated Pompeo — a former Kansas congressman who is currently the director of the CIA — to succeed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after he fired him.

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) during his confirmation hearing pressed Pompeo on his anti-LGBT statements. Pompeo did not specifically answer Booker’s question about whether he thinks “being gay is a perversion.”

Shaheen and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) both cited Pompeo’s anti-LGBT statements as among the reasons they oppose his nomination.

"Mr. Pompeo has made repeated, damning statements about members of the Islamic faith and the LGBT community during his public career that are completely antithetical to American values," said Cardin in an April 18 statement. "His statements in that regard make it challenging for him to represent our country to the world and oversee our smart power arsenal."

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) before the vote noted Pompeo co-sponsored a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would have allowed states to refuse to recognize the marriages of gays and lesbians.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) cited Pompeo’s anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim comments as among the reasons he voted against his nomination. U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in a tweet said Pompeo “has made disparaging remarks about people of different faiths, women, and the LGBTQ community.”

"Mike Pompeo's long-standing opposition to LGBTQ equality and lack of diplomatic experience makes him a poor choice to lead our nation's diplomatic efforts," said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in a statement he released after the vote.

Pompeo’s nomination now goes before the full U.S. Senate.

"Senate confirmation of anti-LGBTQ Mike Pompeo could have serious consequences for the United States and LGBTQ people around the globe,” said Griffin in his statement. “The State Department has a crucial role to play in advancing human rights — a role which was already significantly eroding under Rex Tillerson. This decision has the potential to make a dire situation even worse. The Senate should reject Pompeo's nomination.”

White House won’t comment on HHS proposal to nix rule for trans health

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 02:18 PM PDT

Transgender Center of Excellence, gender dysphoria, transgender, caduceus, medicare, gay news, Washington Blade, health

The White House won’t comment on a proposed HHS plan to nix a rule for trans health.

The White House has declined to comment on recent indications the Trump administration is set to undo an Obama-era rule barring medical providers from refusing service to transgender people, including gender reassignment surgery.

The Washington Blade sought to ask White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the proposed reversal Monday during the daily briefing, but the spokesperson didn’t call on the Blade for a question, nor did any other reporter ask about the issue following a report on the development in the New York Times.

In response to an email request for more information, the White House referred the Washington Blade to HHS, which didn’t respond to a request for comment. OMB also didn’t respond to the Blade’s request for information.

The Obama-era rule interpreted Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which bars discrimination in health care on the basis of sex, to bar refusal of service to transgender people based on their gender identity, including the denial of transition-related care such as gender reassignment surgery.

As the Times first reported, the U.S. Justice Department noted in a filing last week in a lawsuit challenging the rule the Department of Health & Human Services “had submitted a draft of a proposed rule” for review to the White House Office of Management & Budget. The OMB website reveals it’s considering a proposed rule related to “non-discrimination in health programs and activities.”

Although the Justice Department filing doesn’t explicitly say the pending proposal would undo the Obama-era rule, that seems likely based on the decision to file it in a lawsuit challenging the provision and the history of the Trump administration.

The Trump administration has already declared federal law barring discrimination on the basis of sex doesn’t apply to cases of transgender discrimination in education and employment. The Education and Justice Departments rolled back Obama-era guidance requiring schools to allow transgender kids to use the restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Additionally, the Justice Department reversed a memo from former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder finding Title VII of Civil Rights of 1964 prohibits anti-trans discrimination in the workforce.

The Justice Department filing indicates the proposed rule change will be published in the Federal Register and made available for public comment — but says nothing about timing for when that will happen.

The Obama-era rule is currently moot in any event. Last last year, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor issued an injunction barring the U.S. government from enforcing the rule as a result of litigation filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Roger Severino, an anti-trans scholar at the Heritage Foundation-turned-director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS, cited the court ruling in an interview with the New York Times as evidence it’s time to re-examine the rule.

"The court held that the regulation's coverage of gender identity and termination of pregnancy was contrary to law and exceeded statutory authority, and that the rule's harm was felt by health care providers in states across the country, so a nationwide injunction was appropriate," Severino is quoted as saying. "The court order is binding on HHS, and we are abiding by it."

Despite this court order — and even if the Trump administration were to reverse the underlying rule — transgender people could still sue medical providers in court based on the underlying law in the Affordable Care Act that prohibits discrimination in health care on the basis of sex. A growing number of courts are interpreting laws against sex discrimination to apply to LGBT people regardless of the views of the Trump administration.

David Stacy, government affairs director for the Human Rights Campaign, criticized the Trump administration in a statement.

“No health care provider should be able to turn someone away because of their gender identity,” Stacy said. “[Trump’s] plans to eliminate the regulations spelling out these crucial non-discrimination protections is unconscionable.”

 

Sally Ride would be ‘shaking her head’ over new NASA chief, partner says

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 02:12 PM PDT

Sally Ride, gay news, Washington Blade

Astronaut Sally Ride‘s partner says she’d be “shaking her head” over the new anti-LGBT NASA chief. (Photo public domain)

Sally Ride, the late first American woman in space, wouldn’t be happy about NASA’s new administrator, her partner of 27 years said Monday.

Tam O’Shaughnessy told the Washington Blade that Ride would be “shaking her head” over Jim Bridenstine, whom the U.S. Senate confirmed last week as head of NASA by a party-line vote of 50-49.

“I think Sally would have been shaking her head in dismay during the Senate confirmation vote last week,” O’Shaughnessy said. “She would have been skeptical about Jim Bridenstine serving with honor as NASA administrator.”

The cause of concern for Ride, O’Shaughnessy said, would be both his anti-LGBT record and statements denying climate change — a subject NASA has studied in the past.

“His public record shows he is anti-science based on his misinterpretation and misrepresentation of global climate change,” O’Shaughnessy said. “And his public statements show that he does not believe in social justice based on his views of marriage equality for same-sex couples.”

A three-term member of Congress who earned a “0” from the Human Rights Campaign on its most recent scorecard, Bridenstine has co-sponsored legislation against same-sex marriage and called the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act “a disappointment.”

In 2013, when the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay youths, Bridenstine delivered a speech on the House floor in opposition to the change, suggesting LGBT people are immoral.

"The left's agenda is not about tolerance, and it's not about diversity of thought," Bridenstine said in 2013. "It's about presenting a worldview of relativism, where there is no right and wrong, then using the full force of the government to silence opposition and reshape organizations like the Boy Scouts into instruments for social change."

On the issue of climate change, Bridenstine has denied that human actions are responsible for increasing global temperatures.

“I would say that the climate is changing,” Bridenstine said in a 2016 interview. “It has always changed. There were periods of time long before the internal combustion engine when the Earth was much warmer than it is today.”

Both those viewpoints, O’Shaughnessy said, would have been unacceptable to Ride for someone as administrator of NASA.

“Sally believed NASA should study our home planet just as it studies the rest of the solar system — and educate the public about how human activities like burning fossil fuels are changing the air, making the global climate warm,” O’Shaughnessy said. “Sally also valued people from all walks of life and all ways of living and loving.”

Ride, an American physicist and astronaut, joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983 as a crew member on space shuttle Challenger. She took part in a second space flight in 1984 and spent a total of more than 343 hours in space.

Upon her death in 2012, Ride revealed in her obituary O’Shaughnessy had been her partner for more than 27 years — outing herself as a member of the LGBT community.

O’Shaughnessy noted Ride’s achievements as evidence NASA has broken ground for women and LGBT people over the course of its history.

“NASA has made huge strides since 1978 when Sally became one of 35 new astronauts, including the first six women, to embrace diversity and inclusion no matter one's race, color, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity,” O’Shaughnessy said.

O’Shaughnessy, an American children's science writer and former professional tennis player, co-founded with Ride the science education company known as Sally Ride Science, which re-launched in 2015 as a non-profit. In 2013, O’Shaughnessy accepted the Medal of Honor from then-President Obama on behalf of Ride, who had posthumously awarded it to the late astronaut.

Despite the concerns O’Shaughnessy predicted Ride would have about Bridenstine, O’Shaughnessy said her late partner would also give him room to change now that he’s administrator of NASA.

“Though skeptical, Sally would give Jim Bridenstine the benefit of the doubt to show — through his words and actions — that he can lead NASA into a future based on solid science, exciting space exploration and an equitable work environment,” O’Shaughnessy said.

OBITUARY: Kevin Edson Mullen worked in property management

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 12:38 PM PDT

KEVIN MULLEN

Kevin Edson Mullen died Dec. 11 at his home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., according to friends. He was 53 and died of a heart attack.

Mullen was born in Alexandria, Va., on April 26, 1964 and lived most of his life in the D.C. area. In the last five years, Mullen spent as much time as possible in Rehoboth Beach, Del., where he co-owned a home with Claudia Davis, a friend for nearly 30 years. Davis said Mullen would have lived full-time in Rehoboth if he could have. Mullen was gay.

He worked for about 17 years as general manager of the Carriage House Condominiums and worked most of his life in property management. He was of the Episcopal faith.

His friend Curtis Olson remembered Mullen fondly.

"He liked the beach, Kevin liked people," Olson said. "He liked hanging out at Trio on 17th Street. He was always giving. He'd give anyone the shirt off his back. He was a friend you could really count on."

In addition to Davis, Mullen is survived by a niece, Ruthann Hewitt Murakami and nephews Gregory Hewitt, Jr. "Chip," Brandon Hewitt and Joseph Mullen "JT." He had many friends, Olson said.

A service where friends will be received is slated for Saturday, April 28 at 11 a.m. at Mount Comfort Cemetery (6600 South Kings Highway) in Alexandria, Va.

El Salvador Justice Ministry launches new pro-LGBTI policy

Posted: 23 Apr 2018 10:14 AM PDT


El Salvador’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security on April 16, 2018, unveiled a new set of policies that seek to protect the rights of the country’s LGBTI community. (Photo courtesy of the El Salvador Ministry of Justice and Public Security/Facebook)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security on April 16 unveiled its new policy towards the LGBTI community. The country’s secretary of social inclusion and its director of sexual diversity and different LGBTI organizations attended the event.

This effort began in October 2016 with a roundtable on security and the LGBTI community’s access to the justice system that included representatives of the Director General of Prisons, the National Civil Police, the Director General of Migration and Foreign Affairs, the National Academy of Public Security, the Inspector General of Public Security, halfway houses and organizations that are part of the LGBTI Salvadoran Federation.

“Our country must continue to undertake actions that move us towards making a society that is truly inclusive and secure for all people,” said Justice and Social Inclusion Minister Vanda Pignato, who urged the Ministry of Justice and Public Security’s different institutions to put into practice these policies that promote respect of LGBTI people’s rights.

This policy emerged from the need to guarantee the rights of a portion of the Salvadoran population that has historically faced discrimination, such as the LGBTI community. It is the result of a joint effort carried out by the aforementioned departments.

“The creation of this policy is without a doubt an achievement,” Ámbar Alfaro, projects coordinator for ASPIDH Arcoiris Trans, a trans Salvadoran advocacy group, told the Washington Blade. “We cannot deny the opening of the ministry, but it should also be stressed that this is the result of the pressure and all of the work that the organized LGBTI community has been doing."

“This will seek to open roads for all these laws and public policies that are very needed for the recognition of our LGBTI community’s rights,” she added.

Independent activists who know little about the specific details of these policies also think they have good elements if they are expanded, but they nevertheless worry about whether they will actually be applied.

“The capacity for transparency of the institution is fundamental,” said Ana Cisneros, an independent LGBTI activist. “Otherwise it will be the same as any other social policy that is on paper only.”

Alfaro at the same time notes that apart from having a well-established document, the challenge now is its distribution to the minister’s different agencies aside from knowing about it and knowing how to apply it.

“Although the state must seek to apply these public policies, the LGBTI Salvadoran Federation has a lot of work to do with respect to the release of and the correct application of these new policies,” she concluded.

Ministerio de Justicia lanza nuevas políticas pro-LGBTI

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Ministerio de Justicia y Seguridad Pública (MJSP) el 16 de abril lanzó la Política Institucional para la Atención de la Población LGBTI. En dicho evento estuvo presente la Secretaria de Inclusión Social y su Dirección de Diversidad Sexual, al igual que diferentes organizaciones lesbianas, gais, bisexuales, transexuales e intersexuales.

Este trabajo comenzó en el mes de octubre del año 2016 por medio de una Mesa de Seguridad y Acceso a la Justicia para la población LGBTI; conformada por Dirección General de Centros Penales, Policía Nacional Civil, Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería, Academia Nacional de Seguridad Pública, Inspectoría General de Seguridad Pública, centros intermedios y organizaciones que forman parte de la Federación Salvadoreña LGBTI.

"Nuestro país debe continuar con las acciones que nos conduzcan a hacer una sociedad verdaderamente inclusiva y segura para todas las personas," explicó la Secretaria de Inclusión Social Vanda Pignato, instando de esta manera a las diferentes instituciones del MJSP poner en práctica estas políticas que buscan respetar los derechos de las personas LGBTI.

Dicha política surgió de la necesidad que existe de hacer respetar los derechos de un sector de la población salvadoreña históricamente discriminada como lo es la población LGBTI; y es el fruto de un trabajo en conjunto realizado por las dependencias antes mencionadas.

"La creación de esta política sin duda es un logro, no podemos negar la apertura del Ministerio, pero también cabe recalcar que estos son los frutos de la presión y todo el trabajo organizado que ha venido realizando la población LGBTI organizada,” comentó al Washington Blade Ámbar Alfaro, coordinadora de proyectos de Asociación ASPIDH Arcoiris Trans. “Esto viene a abrir caminos para todas estas leyes y políticas públicas que son muy necesarias para el reconocimiento de los derechos de nuestra población LGBTI."

También activistas independientes que conocieron un poco la elaboración de estas políticas, piensan que tiene buenos elementos si se profundiza en la difusión de las mismas, pero sin embargo preocupa el hecho si realmente se aplicaran.

"La capacidad de transparencia de la institución es fundamental,” dijo Ana Cisneros, una activista LGBTI independiente. “Sino quedara todo como en cualquier otra política social que queda en papeles."

De la misma manera, Alfaro identifica que aparte de tener un documento muy bien establecido, el reto ahora es la divulgación del mismo en las diferentes dependencias de este ministerio, aparte de conocerlo, saber aplicarlo.

"Si bien el Estado debe procurar la aplicación de estas políticas públicas, la Federación Salvadoreña LGBTI tiene mucho trabajo por hacer con respecto a la divulgación y a la correcta aplicación de estas nuevas políticas," finaliza Alfaro.