ADDED ON: 12/20/2021

LGBTQ rights supporter elected Chile’s next president

12/19/2021 | Washington Blade

Chilean Congressman Gabriel Boric on Sunday won the second round of the country’s presidential election. Boric, who previously led a student protest movement, defeated José Antonio Kast, a far-right former congressman, by a 55.9-44.1 percent margin. Boric will succeed President Sebastián Piñera when he takes office on March 11. Boric’s election comes less than two weeks after Piñera signed a marriage equality bill into law. The law takes effect on March 10. “Chile has spoken,” tweeted Movilh, a Chilean LGBTQ rights group, after Boric defeated Kast. “Democracy, equality, justice and discrimination advances.” Emilia Schneider, who became the first openly transgender person elected to the Chilean congress last month, also applauded Boric’s election. “Hope always defeats fear,” tweeted Schneider. “We are going to need the same organization and commitment that we showed in this second round (of the election) to defend a transformative government.”

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