Voters in Chile this week elected Claudio Arriagada to the national Chamber of Deputies, making him the country’s first openly gay national lawmaker.
Arriagada came out in August during his run for Congress as part of Chile’s Christian Democratic Party. He says he was worried that otherwise, his sexual orientation would be used against him in the race.
‘This condition always makes you vulnerable and can be used to threaten you,’ Arrigada said in coming out in August.
Chile’s Christian Democratic Party forms part of former president Michelle Bachelet’s New Majority coalition which looks set to retake government following Sunday’s election.
Bachelete, a moderate socialist and supporter of same-sex marriage, received 47% of the vote compared to conservative candidate Evelyn Matthei’s 25% – not enough to avoid a run off vote but a good indication she will win government.
How exciting! Congrats to him.