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Aired Aug 6, 2020

LGBTQ+ Equality in Puerto Rico

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, August 6. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

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Article:  Puerto Rico aimed to modernize its old civil code. Critics say it set back women’s and LGBTQ rights

Source: NBC News

Author: Nicole Acevedo

Questions for Discussion:

  1. The article focuses on a few changes happening in the Puerto Rican civil code, including one that clarifies that people who are transgender in Puerto Rico can no longer change their birth certificates. What do you feel was behind the change? And why is this concerning?
  2. While the article primarily focuses on changes happening at this time, it notes that there have been significant legal wins for LGBTQ+ Puerto Ricans in the past few years. Beyond what’s mentioned here, can you identify what any of these changes look like? Do you feel that the effect of Hurricane Maria played any role in changing perceptions of the LGBTQ+ community?
  3. In the article, the role of religious conservatives is noted as a driving force behind some of these anti-LGBTQ+ efforts. However, not all people of faith stand in opposition to pro-LGBTQ+ legislation and social change. Discuss what you’ve seen among people of faith in Puerto Rico when it comes to LGBTQ+ issues.

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