Chile Welcomes Country’s First Openly Gay Service Member

Image via Passport

Image via Passport

Mauricio Ruiz has made history in the South American country after he announced during a news conference that he is gay. The 24-year-old is now the first openly gay service member in the Chile, and he said the decision has “not been easy,” but he hopes that by coming he help fight discrimination in the country. The armed forces completely has his back and Ruiz made it clear to all LGBT people in the southwestern country that there is “no reason to hide.” “We can do anything, be marines or in any branch (of the military). We can do whatever profession, and we deserve as much respect as anyone else,” he told reporters. “In life there’s nothing better than to be yourself, to be authentic, to look at people in the eye and for those people to know who you are.” [BBC]

Currently gay marriage is not legal in Chile, but it has the full backing of Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

 

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