In honor of June as Pride month and the massive San Francisco Pride celebration and parade coming up this weekend, San Francisco Supervisor David Campos introduced a resolution at the city’s Board of Supervisors meeting today calling for the newly elected government in El Salvador to ensure the rights of LGBT citizens there.
Campos said he was introducing the resolution to promote civil rights in the Latin American country where people still face discrimination because of their sexual orientation.
Sánchez Cerén was elected president earlier this year and his term began this month.
According to Campos, violence toward gay community members often goes uninvestigated in El Salvador and few incidents are reported because the victims are scared to reveal their sexual orientation.
He called on the new leadership to protect gay, lesbian, transgender and other community members.
Campos said San Francisco is home to a large El Salvadorian community and has “always been leading the way in calling for human rights.”
He said it was important to put on record that the city continues to “stand for the rights and dignity of all people in the LGBT community. Not just here, but abroad.”
This year’s Pride festival and parade theme has an international bent, “Color our world with pride.”
More information about this weekend’s festivities is available at www.sfpride.org.
Sasha Lekach, Bay City News