LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Puerto Rico

March 26, 2014

Grief-stricken friends and family laid 21-year-old Jesus David Hernandez Otero to rest in Puerto Rico after his body was discovered on a local beach

A volleyball team, friends and family wept as they buried their gay friend this week who was shot by a gunman in Puerto Rico.

Jesus David Hernandez Otero was remembered as a clever student and a compassionate team player. He was just 21.

Hernandez was found on a beach in Dorado, half-naked with three bullet wounds on his torso after having been missing for a week.

He was reported missing by his family 12 March (Wednesday) after he left his house around midnight the night before.

March 8, 2014

Nude photos of Roberto Arango had previously shown up on Grindr leading him to resign from office in 2011

Former Puerto Rican Senator Roberto Arango has publicly come out as gay nearly four years after a nude Grindr photo scandal drove him from office.

Arango had aligned himself with conservative religious coalition and had a long history of anti-gay votes and actively worked against legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.

On Friday (7 March), he officially came out in an interview with radio station Noti UNO.

He was asked by a reporter: 'Isn't it time for you to state whether or not you are a homosexual?'

January 1, 2014

Start saving and plan your year’s travel around these rising stars. We've chosen one party a month from Iceland to São Paolo, Puerto Vallarta to Tignes

2014 is full of LGBTI events, cruises and festivals for every palate and budget.

From Brazil's popular São Paulo pride where the country seems to descend on the city, to sharing a plot of Nevada dessert with the Glamcocks at Burning Man, Gay Star Travel looks at events for gays, lesbians and fans.

Consider these festivals and parties as you plan your travel adventures for 2014.

August 27, 2013

Gay Latin singer has talked about how he was so 'ashamed' growing up in a Roman Catholic family

Latin singer Ricky Martin has confessed to bullying gay people in his youth while he was struggling with his own sexuality.

The ‘Nobody Wants To Be Lonely’ singer, who came out in 2010, said he had ‘internalized homophobia’.

Speaking to GQ Australia, the 41-year-old said: ‘I was very angry, very rebellious. I used to look at gay men and think, “I’m not like that, I don’t want to be like that, that’s not me.”

‘I was ashamed.’

Raised in a strict Roman Catholic family in Puerto Rico, Martin said he struggled growing up gay.

June 2, 2013

An Ohio high school principal resolved a possible discrimination issue by allowing a trans student to follow the female dress code at her graduation this week

A transgender high school student will be allowed to wear female robes to her graduation.

17-year-old Chris Calderon-Perez was told she would have to attend graduation following the male dress code, which includes a shirt and tie and a black robe instead of the red robes girls wear.

Calderon-Perez, who moved from Puerto Rico to the Northwestern city of Fostoria with her family in 2010, was born a male but has lived the past two years as a girl.

May 29, 2013

 'We are all the same and we must be equal under the law'

The governor of Puerto Rico signed bills into law on Wednesday (29 May) that protect LGBT people against discrimination and adds to the country's domestic violence law protections for sexual orientation, marital status and gender identity.

Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed the legislation at his official residence in San Juan and issued a statement via Twitter: 'The dignity of being a human being is inviolable because we are all the same and we must be equal under the law.'

May 29, 2013

 'We are all the same and we must be equal under the law'

The governor of Puerto Rico signed bills into law on Wednesday (29 May) that protect LGBT people against discrimination and adds to the country's domestic violence law protections for sexual orientation, marital status and gender identity.

Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed the legislation at his official residence in San Juan and issued a statement via Twitter: 'The dignity of being a human being is inviolable because we are all the same and we must be equal under the law.'

May 25, 2013

Senate already has approved and governor has promised to sign into law

The Puerto Rican House of Representatives on Friday (24 May) approved a sweeping nondiscrimination bill that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing, governmental services, public accommodations and private entities.

The Senate has already approved the bill and Governor Alejandro García Padilla has vowed to sign the legislation into law.

The vote occurred as similar legislation - the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) - remains stalled in the US Congress.

May 25, 2013

Senate already has approved and governor has promised to sign into law

The Puerto Rican House of Representatives on Friday (24 May) approved a sweeping nondiscrimination bill that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing, governmental services, public accommodations and private entities.

The Senate has already approved the bill and Governor Alejandro García Padilla has vowed to sign the legislation into law.

The vote occurred as similar legislation - the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) - remains stalled in the US Congress.

May 21, 2013

A Puerto Rico gay activist was told on Twitter to be careful at a gay rally as it could end like the Boston Marathon

A man is facing prison after threatening to bomb a Puerto Rico gay pride march on Twitter.

Joseph Morales Serrano was taken into custody at his home in San Juan on charge of cyber-bullying a gay activist on the social networking site.

As reported by the Associated Press, a spokesman for the FBI said Morales allegedly posted the threatening message on 6 May and was expected to appear before a federal judge yesterday (20 May).

April 28, 2013

Pop singer Ricky Martin has celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Zealand and says it is now inevitable that Australia, where he is currently staying, will follow suit

Openly gay pop star Ricky Martin has taken to Twitter to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Zealand and says that marriage equality in Australia is inevitable.

Martin is in Australia to star as one of the celebrity coaches on the Australian version of The Voice and used his Twitter account to post a YouTube video of the aftermath of the passing of New Zealand’s same-sex marriage bill in which MPs burst into applause and then rose to sing a traditional Maori love song.

March 9, 2013

The homophobic message printed on an ATM receipt has sparked local concern and international outrage

Police are investiagting an ATM machine in Puerto Rico that has caused international uproar.

Outside the bar El Ocho De Blanco in San Juan, Puerto Rico, an ATM machine has been printing receipts with the message ‘We hate fags’.

According to LGBT activist Pedro Julio Serrano neither the bar’s owners nor the ATM’s operators claim responsibility for the homophobic message.

February 20, 2013

Justices vote 5-4 in case of lesbian who sought to adopt partner's baby

The Supreme Court in Puerto Rico on Wednesday (20 February) voted 5-4 to uphold the country's law which bans gay couples from adopting children.

The ruling comes in a case where a lesbian was seeking to adopt a baby that her partner gave birth through which was conceived through in vitro fertilization.

Among those critical of the ruling is Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin who tweeted: 'How sad. This I see as turning your back on childhood. So many orphans wanting to have the warmth of home.'

February 20, 2013

Justices vote 5-4 in case of lesbian who sought to adopt partner's baby

The Supreme Court in Puerto Rico on Wednesday (20 February) voted 5-4 to uphold the country's law which bans gay couples from adopting children.

The ruling comes in a case where a lesbian was seeking to adopt a baby that her partner gave birth through which was conceived through in vitro fertilization.

Among those critical of the ruling is Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin who tweeted: 'How sad. This I see as turning your back on childhood. So many orphans wanting to have the warmth of home.'

January 1, 2013

Outgoing Secretary of Justice promises new rules and new Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla pledges to tackle anti-gay violence

Puerto Rico’s LGBT community may be a step closer to being protected from killings, assaults and other hate crimes.

The departing Secretary of Justice, Guillermo Somoza has said new rules would be put in place for hate crimes and said these result from meetings with LGBT groups in recent years.

January 1, 2013

Outgoing Secretary of Justice promises new rules and new Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla pledges to tackle anti-gay violence

Puerto Rico’s LGBT community may be a step closer to being protected from killings, assaults and other hate crimes.

The departing Secretary of Justice, Guillermo Somoza has said new rules would be put in place for hate crimes and said these result from meetings with LGBT groups in recent years.

December 20, 2012

Puerto Rico’s leading current affairs show is hosted by a puppet, but recent homophobic comments by the flamboyant character have led to a boycott call by viewers

Puerto Rico’s leading current affairs show SuperXclusivo is hosted by a puppet, but recent comments by the character have lead to a backlash from viewers.

La Comay is a life-sized puppet of a society matron who comments on the news with co-host Hector Traveso but the puppet found herself in hot water on December 4 after asking if a 32 year old murder victim had been ‘asking for this’ because he was in an area known to be frequented by gay men and prostitutes.

October 4, 2012

The Puerto Rican says he has 'always been and always will be a proud gay man'

A featherweight Puerto Rico boxer has claimed to be the first openly gay man to come out and continue competing in the professional sport’s history.

Orlando Cruz, ranked the number four featherweight by the World Boxing Organization, said: ‘I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself.

‘I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career.

May 15, 2012

Friends pay tribute to 'talented' trans performer who died after suspicious fire broke out in her Brooklyn apartment

Friends and fans have paid loving tribute to a transgender performer, described as the 'Puerto Rican Beyonce', who died in a blaze in New York.

Lorena Escalera was found dead by firefighters in the early hours of Saturday (12 May) after a fire which broke out in her apartment engulfed the four-storey building in Brooklyn.

According to the New York Times, it took 65 firefighters over 30 minutes to tackle the blaze, which is now being treated as suspicious.

March 23, 2012

'They paraded us around like we were some oddity'

Dennis Jay Mayer and John Robert Hart insist they weren't 'putting on a show for people' aboard the cruise ship they were vacationing on when it pulled into port in the Caribbean island of Dominica.

But they were quickly arrested by military police on suspicion of indecent exposure and sodomy and held for 19 hours in tiny jail cell where they said there was no light, no water and no toilet.

March 22, 2012

Gay sex illegal in Dominica, the Caribbean island where arrest took place

Two California men who were allegedly seen having sex aboard of a cruise ship were arrested Wednesday (21 March) on the Caribbean island of Dominica where gay sex is illegal.

The men, both in their early 40s, were on a Celebrity Summit cruise ship and were arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and sodomy after someone from the dock saw them engaged in sex, according to the Associated Press.