Michelle Suarez, Uruguay’s first transgender senator, is already considered elderly. She has made it to 34 - a rarity in a country where transgender people tend to die young. A veteran trailblazer for LGBTI rights, she helped draft a bill that legalized same-sex marriage in 2013 and became the first transgender person to go to university in Uruguay. Suarez has broken many barriers, yet it is perhaps her age that is the most salient part of her fight. Most transgender women in Uruguay, a small South American nation of 3.5 million people, don’t get to live that long.
October 24 / Reuters