Embassy La Paz Combats Anti-LGBT Violence and Discrimination through Three-City Film Series

La Paz, Bolivia

Human Rights Officer Richmond Blake (far right) speaks with LGBT community leaders David Aruquipa and Ángela Fuentes of the TLGB Collective of Bolivia and Juan Antonio Álvarez of the Liberty Association (left to right) Ángela Fuentes of the TLGB Collective of Bolivia speaks with Chargé d'Affaires Larry L. Memmott before the film screening

In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, U.S. Embassy La Paz sponsored a presentation of the film “Boys Don’t Cry” in La Paz on June 24. The film, based on the true story of the hate-motivated murder of Brandon Teena, a transgender man, was followed by a discussion between the audience and three leaders of the LGBT community. The LGBT leaders spoke about the violence and discrimination that persists against LGBT people in Bolivia.

At the event, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Larry L. Memmott declared, “The elimination of violence and discrimination against the LGBT community is a U.S. foreign policy priority.” He stated, “We have much work to do and a long way to go in the U.S. and around the world to eliminate violence and discrimination, but we will continue to use events like this film and our social media resources to promote non-discrimination.”

The film and discussion event was also held in Cochabamba on June 26 at 7:00 pm at La Casa del Humanismo, and in Santa Cruz on June 28 at 7:00 pm at the Centro Boliviano Americano movie theater. More than 250 people attended the events.

The six LGBT organizations that partnered with the Embassy to host the screenings and discussions included Liberty Association, TLGB Collective of Bolivia, Transgender Network of Bolivia, Sexual and Gender Diversity Center, LGBT Equality Foundation, and Manodiversa.

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