Adrián in 2008
|Alternate Deputy of the|
National Assembly of Venezuela
|Assumed office |
5 January 2016
|Born||20 February 1954|
|Political party||Popular Will|
|Alma mater||Andrés Bello Catholic University|
Tamara Adrián (born 20 February 1954 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan politician, who was elected to the National Assembly of Venezuela in the Venezuelan parliamentary election, 2015. She is noted as the first transgender person elected to office in Venezuela, and only the second transgender member of a national legislature in the Western Hemisphere. Some early media coverage credited her as the first transgender member of a legislature in the Americas, but this was later corrected due to the election of Michelle Suárez Bértora to the Senate of Uruguay in 2014.
She is a member of the Popular Will party, one of the forces in opposition to the PSUV-led government of Nicolás Maduro. She took her oath of office at the National Assembly of Venezuela on January 14, 2015. During her term in office, Adrián intends to promote proper access to public records on identity, same-sex marriage and human rights.
Prior to her election to the Venezuelan legislature, Adrián worked as a lawyer and LGBT activist, including serving on the board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and the organizing committee of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. She was forced to register her candidacy under her male birth name, as Venezuelan law does not currently permit a transgender person to legally change their name.
- "Tamara Adrián se convierte en la primera diputada transgénero en la historia de Venezuela". Noticia Al Día, December 7, 2015.
- "Venezuela Elects First Transgender Congresswoman in the Americas". Out, December 7, 2015.
- http://www.voluntadpopular.com/index.php/ver-noticia/component/content/article/8-noticias/4079-asamblea-nacional-juramento-a-tamara-adrian-primera-diputada-transgenero-en-venezuela (in Spanish)
- "Venezuela's first transgender candidate Tamara Adrián to run for Congress". Sydney Morning Herald, August 8, 2015.
- "Meet the Women Fighting Transphobia Across the Americas". The Advocate, May 17, 2015.
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