San Juan Mayor Carmen YulĂn Cruz. (Photo by Melvin Alfredo via Wikimedia Commons)
SAN JUAN, Puerto RicoâThe mayor of Puerto Ricoâs capital on Monday signed two executive orders designed to end discrimination against her cityâs LGBT residents.
San Juan Mayor Carmen YulĂn Cruz ordered her cityâs police department to apply the islandâs current domestic violence laws with what the Primera Hora newspaper described as âthe highest degree of respectâ regardless of the reported victimâs sexual orientation. She also banned discrimination against San Juan municipal employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
Primera Hora reported gay boxer Orlando âFenĂłmenoâ Cruz was among those who attended the press conference during which YulĂn signed the orders.
Gay Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz (second from left) married JosĂ© Manuel ColĂłn , in New York’s Central Park on Nov. 16, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Pedro Julio Serrano)
Gay Puerto Rican boxer Orlando âEl FenĂłmenoâ Cruz on Nov. 16 married his boyfriend, JosĂ© Manuel ColĂłn, in New Yorkâs Central Park.
New York City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is among the frontrunners to succeed outgoing New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the position, officiated the ceremony. Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Shirley Casiano were witnesses.
âGiving thanks to my heavenly father for one more day of life and with [my] husband JosĂ© Manuel in it,â Cruz wrote in Spanish on his Facebook page on Sunday.
Cruz in Oct. 2012 became the first active professional boxer to come out as gay.
He wore trunks with a Puerto Rican flag in rainbow colors during his match against Mexican boxer Orlando Salido in Las Vegas last month for the WBO featherweight championship. Salido knocked Cruz out in the seventh round.
The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in August included Cruz among its first class of inductees.
Anderson Cooper (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)
A number of celebrities, politicians and other officials came out during 2012.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper publicly acknowledged being gay for the first time in a statement gay commentator Andrew Sullivan posted to his blog on July 2. Sam Champion, weather anchor for âGood Morning America,â announced on-air in October that he was engaged to his long-time partner, photographer Rubem Robierb. (The couple attended a Freedom to Marry fundraiser in Miami Beach, Fla., a few days later.)
Gay singer Ricky Martin was among those who applauded Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz after he came out on Oct. 3. R&B singer Frank Ocean in July acknowledged his homosexuality, while Jamaican singer Diana King came out on her Facebook page in June. British singer Mika told Instinct Magazine in August he is gay.
Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Fleck, a Republican who attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., earlier this month came out during an interview with a local newspaper. Stefany Hoyer Hemmer, daughter of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.,) came out as a lesbian during an exclusive interview with the Washington Blade in June.
âMy father, as you know, just came out in support of gay marriage,â she said. âThe momentum in Maryland right now for the adoption of the gay marriage law is fast-paced. Iâm 43 years of age, and Iâve been gay my whole life and I just figured this is a good time to lend my name to the cause.â
DC Comics in June announced the Green Lantern is gay as part of its effort to reinvigorate the âEarth 2â series.