International Grand Marshal
The "Global Human Rights for Queers: What OUT is About" program annually selects an International Grand Marshal (IGM) who acts as an ambassador to represent global LGBTTIQQ2SA communities throughout Pride Week Festival, highlighting international human rights issues around the world, such as discrimination and equality, homophobia and transphobia, gender identity, violence against queer and trans people, and criminalization of homosexuality and trans people in countries.
2013 International Grand Marshal
MARCELA ROMERO: Regional Coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Transgender People (REDLACTRANS)
Marcela Romero is an Argentinean activist and human rights defender for the transgender population in Latin America and the Caribbean. She serves as a Regional Coordinator for the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Transgender People, an organization established in 2005 to provide a positive representation of the transgender community in Latin America.
Marcela also serves as Director of the Argentinean Association of Transvestites, Transsexuals and Transgender People (ATTTA) where she was a driving force for the movement of public health care professionals in hospitals throughout the City of Buenos Aries referring to trans identified people with a generic name.
Her work also includes developing strategies to tackle stigma, hate crimes, discrimination and human rights abuse against the trans population in Latin America. She attended the Organization of American States (OAS) where she was able to increase advocacy and was part of the passing of the Gender Identity Law in Argentina in May 2012. This law allowed transgendered people to change the sex on their personal identification cards without having to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
Currently Marcela is supporting projects to advocate for Gender Identity Laws in Bolivia, El Salvador, Brazil and Guatemala.