Claudio Arriagada's on Sunday won a
seat in Chile's Chamber of Deputies, making him the nation's first
openly gay deputy.
Arriagada of the Christian Democratic
Party (Partido Democrata Cristiano) came out gay in August.
The Christian Democratic Party governs Chile as part of the New
“I felt like I needed absolute
freedom [to run for Congress],” Arriagada said at the time. “This
condition always makes you vulnerable and can be used to threaten
Arriagada is the former mayor of La
Granja (the farm), a 4-square-mile commune located in Santiago
Province, Santiago Metropolitan Region. As part of the 25th
District, Arriagada will represent La Granja in Congress.
Voters on Sunday overwhelmingly chose
Michelle Bachelet to be their next president. However, the former
president fell 3 points short of the 50 percent vote needed to avoid
a runoff election. She'll now face conservative Evelyn Matthei, who
received 25 percent of the vote, on December 15.
Chile's first female president who
ended a 4-year term in 2010 has been a vocal proponent of marriage
equality. However, her center-left New Majority coalition fell short
of the gains in Congress needed to advance much of her progressive