Peruvian LGBT advocates meet with U.S. ambassador

washington blade
Michael K. Lavers
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U.S. Ambassador to Peru Brian Nichols last week met with a group of Peruvian LGBT rights advocates.

Gay Peruvian Congressman Carlos Bruce, Promsex Director George Liendo, Homosexual Movement of Lima Executive Director Giovanny Romero Infante, Gabriel de la Cruz of Colectivo No Tengo Miedo and Clauco Velásquez Wong of the Homosexual Community of Hope for the Loreto Region in the city of Iquitos are among those who attended the meeting that took place at the ambassador’s residence in Lima, the Peruvian capital, on March 11. Luisa Revilla Urcía, who is the first transgender person elected to public office in the South American country, was also present alongside officials from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

“Ambassador Brian Nichols hosted a lunch with a group of LGBT activists on March 11 as part of the mission’s on-going outreach activities,” Marcia Bosshardt, a spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Peru, told the Washington Blade.
Bosshardt said Nichols during the lunch discussed a 2014 anti-LGBT bullying campaign, efforts to address the financial costs of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and an upcoming National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce trip to the country.

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