Puerto Rico Governor, Wanda Vázquez signed new civil codes into effect earlier this week that overhauls a series of laws regulating various rights, including LGBT rights, metro weekly reports. The changes and the fact that no public hearings were held has angered the LGBT community and many of the island’s citizens.
whats happening in puerto rico is a violation of human rights. it strips lgbt people of all their rights, conversion therapy is legalized, and privatizes all bodies of water. the governor was also not elected by the people, she was appointed by the pr supreme court. revolting.
— hay (@mcuwaititi) June 2, 2020
Just months before removing LGBT protections Gov. Vázquez expressed her opinion that the murder of trans woman Alexa Ruiz was a hate crime. Many are accusing the governor of caving to anti-LGBT hate groups and white supremacists’ demands.
With a Trans pride flag waving Black lives Matter protesters carried a guillotine to Governor Wanda Vázquez mansion.
Holy shit Puerto Rico just brought a guillotine to the Governor’s mansion for their #BlackLivesMatter protest.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 3, 2020