Ten years ago, Bolivian activist Silene Salazar noticed a lack of female voices in the LGBTQ movement in her country. As a lesbian and a Quechua woman, the largest indigenous group in Bolivia, Salazar wanted to not only increase the visibility of queer women, but also help those who were facing difficulties after coming out. With a group of friends, Salazar co-founded the National Network of Lesbian and Bisexual Women, an advocacy group and support system for women across the country and the first of its kind in Bolivia. "Before, there were LGBT organizations, but the main voices were men," Salazar told A Plus at an event organized by U.N. Women. "Still nowadays, wherever you look, the presidents of big LGBT collectives are men. The people talking are always men. So we felt like there was a necessity for women to have their own voice."
March 22 / a plus