Tamara Adrián – First transgender deputy to be elected into office in Venezuela

Tamara Adrian is noted as the first transgender person elected to office in Venezuela, and only the second transgender member of a national legislature in the Western Hemisphere

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Tamara Adrián is a Venezuelan politician, who was elected to the National Assembly of Venezuela in the Venezuelan parliamentary election, 2015

Adrián (born 20 February 1954 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan politician, who was elected to the National Assembly of Venezuela in the Venezuelan parliamentary election, 2015. She is a member of the Voluntad Popular party.

Adrián is noted as the first transgender person elected to office in Venezuela, and only the second transgender member of a national legislature in the Western Hemisphere. Some early media coverage credited Adrián as the first transgender member of a legislature in the Americas, but this was later corrected due to the election of Michelle Suárez Bértora to the Senate of Uruguay in 2014.

Prior to her election to the legislature, Adrián worked as a lawyer and LGBT activist, including serving on the board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and the organizing committee of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Adrián was forced to register her candidacy under her male birth name, as Venezuelan law does not currently permit a transgender person to legally change their name.

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