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Monday, 11 July 2016 17:13

Puerto Rico Has Unveiled Its First LGBTQ Monument

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Puerto Rico LGBT Monument


Puerto Rico, which approved the equal marriage a year ago, has unveiled its first LGBTQ monument which also honors the victims of Orlando since part of them was Puerto Rican.

One can read on this monument the following sentence: "Love is love, is love, is love, …" that refers the acceptance speech of playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, who won a Tony Award just after the shooting: "We live throught times when hate and fear seem stronger, we rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer. Love is love is love is love is love is love is love - cannot be killed or swept aside."

This monument is located in the Third Millennium Park in San Juan and consists of seven rectangular columns in the rainbow colors. At the bottom of it, a plaque lists the names of the 49 victims killed in Orlando.

As you can see from the photo, this is a rather nice and very modern monument.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin, who attended the inauguration, reminded how important it is to fight against discrimination: "Today, we celebrate life. We must work together to eradicate discrimination and homophobia. We must raise our voice for justice, and the equality of each of us who are human. We must aspire to have a country where everyone is equal, and no one is judged for who they love."

A few years ago Puerto Rico was one of the most dangerous islands for the community. Despite the legalization of marriage equality, there is still too much rejection of LGBTQ people. This monument contributes in some way to bring more visibility to the community.


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