Jeaneth Ixcoy’s youngest son helped her sell backpacks and colored pencils before his first day at school. Manuel, 12 years old, is about to begin 5th grade. He works with his mother in the morning and studies in the afternoon; his mother waits for him and they walk home together. She is a single mother and sustains her family by selling different products. She asks her children forgiveness “because they have had to leave their innocence behind so quickly.” She wants Manuel to go to school “because with studies he can have a job.” For this, she has bought him new shirts.
«CAZADOR DE INSTANTES» De repente, en medio de un parpadeo y un suspiro, entre la calidez de un amanecer y un despertar llegaste tú cual musa a encontrarte con mis miedos y mi caos, a darle luz a mi vieja y oscura alma, y ha darme un poco de humanidad. Y yo, al verte, siempre quedo inerte, completamente invadido de ti, admirando como cada instante colisiona con tu piel y suspirando tras cada dulce mirada que me das; y siempre, siempre quedo absorto al observarte, al ver como el viento y la luz bailan contigo al compás del pasar del tiempo, viendo como todo cobra vida y deja de existir cuando estas ahí, frente a mi. Es por eso que me he convertido en un cazador de instantes, en un coleccionista de momentos, en un recolector de imágenes; pues es así como puedo llenar mi mundo e inundar mi alma contigo, es la forma en que le grito a cada ser en este planeta lo feliz y agradecido que estoy por tenerte. Pues cuando tú llegaste, en medio de un parpadeo y suspiro, abriste mis ojos a un mundo nuevo y completamente desconocido, un mundo que lleva tu nombre y existe gracias ti.
Sandra Morán: First openly LGBTQ woman voted into Guatemalan congress!
Sandra Morán, who is openly gay, was voted into the Guatemalan congress in September despite deep-rooted prejudice against members of the LGBTI community. A 2012 survey conducted in Guatemala by George Washington University found that 74 percent of interviewees would not vote for a candidate who was openly LGBTI, and that under 40 percent of those questioned would not accept an LGBTI family member.
“It is about creating visibility. I hope to be able to enact legislation that supports equal rights and creates public policy change for the LGBTI community. It is my hope that as the movement strengthens, the communities lagging behind can progress,” the veteran human rights activist told USAID.
For the last 20 years, Moran has worked tirelessly with women and feminist movements in the country.
A representative for the Guatemalan Women’s Sector – an alliance of 33 women’s groups – Morán played a leading role in the development of the National Women’s Forum, an organisation set up to encourage women’s participation in public policy following the signing of the 1996 Peace Accords.
In 1995, she set up Guatemala’s first lesbian collective, and she also participated in the organisation of the country’s first gay pride in 1998.