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Peru’s first lesbian lawmaker vows ‘strong battle’ to boost LGBT+ rights

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Thomson Reuters Foundation) The first lesbian elected to Peru’s Congress has pledged to put up a “strong battle” for LGBT+ rights in the Andean nation as two social conservatives go head-to-head for a presidential run-off vote in June.

Susel Paredes, who will become the country’s only openly LGBT+ lawmaker, was elected on Sunday following two previous unsuccessful congressional runs - achieving the most votes of any female candidate.

But she was cautious about the chances of broader LGBT+ gains following the outcome of Sunday’s presidential election, which pits socialist candidate Pedro . . .

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