In 1973, the Comunidad de Orgullo Gay was the first gay rights organization in Puerto Rico. In 1991, the Coalición Puertorriqueña de Lesbianas y Homosexuales was formed. That same year, one of the island’s first LGBT Pride parades was organized. Since then, Pride parades occur each year in San Juan and Cabo Rojo.
Carla M. Pérez Meléndez is a Puerto Rican journalist, photographer, and aspiring filmmaker. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a major in audiovisual communication and journalism. She has collaborated with The Washington Post, RYOT/The Intercept, Vice HBO, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.