When this showed up in feeds, I clicked through to the Valparaiso Times - shocked that I hadn't heard more about this debate turned dangerous - and started to read the story.
GAY RIGHTS GROUP OUTRAGED AT 'TRANSPHOBIC' COMMENTS
Written by Natalie Hart
Monday, 11 August 2008
"Transphobic" comments by a candidate for a city alderman's position in Valparaiso sparked outrage this week...
And then I realized...
it was Valparaiso, Chile.
...from Chile's leading gay rights group - the Chilean Movement for Sexual Minorities (MOVILH).
The comments emerged during a fiery debate between evangelical lawyer Barrientos and Transvestite Trade Union President Zuliana Araya, a city council candidate for the Party for Democracy (PPD). Barrientos arrived at the meeting, organized by Valparaíso daily La Estrella, bearing the gift of a Bible, which Araya initially refused to accept while voicing her distress at his comments.
"You can't attack me in this way," Araya told Barrientos. "Don't you know how many votes you are losing by treating me like this? I was born and bred in Valparaiso, and here we have a more open mentality. We accept everyone how they are."