Michelle Suárez Bértora

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Michelle Suárez Bértora
Born21 February 1983
Salinas, Uruguay
Died (aged 39)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Alma materUniversity of the Republic
Occupation(s)Lawyer, politician, writer
TitleSubstitute Senator
Term2014–2017 (resigned)
Political partyFrente Amplio

Michelle Suárez Bértora (21 February 1983 – 22 April 2022) was a Uruguayan activist, lawyer, lecturer, politician, and writer. She was Uruguay's first transgender university graduate, first trans lawyer, and first transgender person elected to office. She was a Senator from 2014 until 2017. She was born in Salinas, Uruguay.

She transitioned at the age of 15 with the support of her mother. Suárez went to primary and secondary school in Salinas in 2004. After six years of study, and a legal transition to allow her to graduate with her proper gender. She was the first (and only) trans-woman to become a lawyer in Uruguay.[1]

She graduated in 2010 from the University of the Republic as the first transgender person to complete university studies in the country.[2][3]

In 2014, she also became the first transgender person elected to the Uruguayan legislature.[4]

Suárez Bértora died on 22 April 2022 in Montevideo, Uruguay from a heart attack at the age of 39.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Primera abogada trans de Uruguay" (in Spanish). Montevideo, Uruguay: Portal 180. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  2. Vaz, Gabriela (22 August 2010). "Yo decidí no marginarme" (in Spanish). Montevideo, Uruguay: El Pais. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  3. "Entrevista a la doctora Michelle Suárez Bértora, primera egresada trans de la Universidad de la República". Ministerio de Desarrollo Social Unidad de Información y Comunicación (in Spanish). Montevideo, Uruguay: Government of Uruguay. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. "Michelle Suárez: "it is a sad honor being the first" trans in Parliament" (in Spanish). Montevideo, Uruguay: El Observador. 7 November 2014. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  5. Falleció Michelle Suárez, la primera senadora trans en la historia del Uruguay (in Spanish)