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Uruguay: first transgender senator assumes senate seat

Uruguayan Sen. Michelle Suarez waits to speak with reporters after taking an oath of office, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Promising...
Uruguayan Sen. Michelle Suarez speaks during a Senate session, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Promising to bolster gender equality ri...
Uruguayan Sen. Michelle Suarez speaks with reporters before taking an oath of office, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Promising to bol...
Uruguayan Sen. Michelle Suarez, center back, in white scarf, votes during a Senate session, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Promising ...

Uruguayan Sen. Michelle Suarez waits to speak with reporters after taking an oath of office, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Promising...

Uruguayan Sen. Michelle Suarez speaks during a Senate session, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Promising to bolster gender equality ri...

Uruguayan Sen. Michelle Suarez speaks with reporters before taking an oath of office, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Promising to bol...

Uruguayan Sen. Michelle Suarez, center back, in white scarf, votes during a Senate session, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. Promising ...

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Michelle Suarez has become Uruguay's first transgender senator.

The 34-year-old lawmaker assumed her senatorial seat representing the Communist Party on Tuesday.

Suarez says she always had the support of her parents, but she was discriminated growing up by some schoolmates and teachers.

Still, she ended high school with top grades and later became the first transgender person to graduate with a law degree from college in the small country of 3.3 million people.

She is now seeking to pass an anti-discrimination law in Congress that would expand transgender rights and protect more than 900 transgender people living in Uruguay.


Updated : 2021-12-08 18:55 GMT+08:00