Tamara Adrián

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Tamara Adrián
Tamara Adrián.jpg
Adrián in 2008
Alternate Deputy of the
National Assembly of Venezuela
Assumed office
5 January 2016
ConstituencyCapital District
Personal details
Born (1954-02-20) 20 February 1954 (age 65)
Caracas, Venezuela
Political partyPopular Will
Alma materAndrés 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]

She is a member of the Popular Will party, one of the forces in opposition to the PSUV-led government of Nicolás Maduro.[2] She took her oath of office at the National Assembly of Venezuela on January 14, 2015.[3] 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,[4] including serving on the board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association[1] and the organizing committee of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.[5] 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.[4]

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