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.
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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.