Colombia’s first out-bi Senator

Congratulations to Angélica Lozano, the first out-bi person to be elected to the Senate in Colombia in this week’s elections.

Her fiance is Vice Presidential candidate Senator Claudia Lopez with polling day in that election two months away on May 18th.  Claudia was elected to the Senate at the last round of elections, and came out while in office.  Under a quirk of Colombian law the two cannot marry while they are both members of parliament for the same party – so as long as the electors keep supporting them they are enjoying a prolonged engagement.

The Senate is the upper house of the Congress of Colombia, with the lower house being the House of Representatives – kind of like having an elected House of Lords here.