It would appear obvious that Puerto Rican authorities have a responsibility to protect the island's LGBT residents who continue to live in fear. The reality on the ground, however, is far different.
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Two years ago, on a desolate street in central Puerto Rico, a gay 19-year-old named Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was savagely killed: decapitated, disme...
At a time when violence toward the LGBT community in Puerto Rico is high, the country's legislature is poised to remove protections from their existing hate crimes law for people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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