ADDED ON: 10/23/2022

Peruvian capital’s mayor-elect raises eyebrows among LGBTQ activists

10/23/2022 | Washington Blade

Lima earlier this month elected a new mayor to lead Peru’s most populous city. Rafael López Aliaga, a conservative businessman, narrowly defeated his opponent in a campaign marked by fervent opposition to communism and progressive values. After his victory, Lima’s LGBTQ community may have cause for concern. A devout Catholic, López, also known as RLA, is a member of Opus Dei who has practiced self-flagellation and celibacy ever since he joined the conservative Catholic sect when he was 19 years old. “Just as a homosexual cannot impose his life on anyone, so too he would be crazy to impose his beliefs on all of Peru,” López has said. However, his views on social issues closely mirror right-wing Christian doctrine.

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