Argentine activist, Marcela Romero, was recently honored as Argentina's Woman of the Year December 2009. She was awarded this honor after a 10 year fight to have the Argentine court recognize her as a woman. Marcela is vice president of FALGBT (Federación Argentina de
Lesbianas Gays Bisexuales y Trans) and a member of the Association of Transvestites, Transsexuals and Transgendered People of Argentina. She is the regional director of REDLACTRANS (Red de América Latina y el Caribe de Personas Transgénero), established in 2004 which now has various locations in over 18 countries in Latin American y the Caribbean.
2009 was an amazing year for Marcela as she was on the cover of Queer magazine and REDLACTRANS was honored again with the Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence in Voluntary Service which she accepted on the organizations behalf. As she accepted the award she stated:
“This award belongs to the entire transgender community. We are working for an inclusive Latin America and Caribbean that offers equal rights for a better quality of life.”
Below is an interview (in Spanish only w/no subtitles (anyone want to transcribe & translate let me know!) with Marcela where she discusses her work and the needs for improving the health of all transgender people living in Latin America and the Caribbean. She speaks specifically to the violence and human rights violations of all transgender people.
foto credit: dosmanzanas.com y http://weblogs.clarin.com/espacio-positivo/