Interview: Chile’s first transgender congressional candidate – Written by Elizabeth Trovall

The center-right primary candidate explains her ambitions for the trans community and Chile’s 19th District.

Tides are slowly turning for Chile’s LGBT community. Last July, the country passed its first anti-discrimination legislation in response to an anti-gay murder in Santiago. Later in the year, Chile elected its first openly gay politician, a municipal councilman. And after announcing her candidacy for Congress, transgender activist Valentina Verbal hopes to break another glass ceiling. If she wins the election she’ll be South America’s first transgender legislator.