Aldo Dávila set to be Guatemala's 1st openly gay congressman

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Aldo Dávila set to be Guatemala's 1st openly gay congressman
Aldo Davila, the first openly gay congressman-elect in Guatemala's history, poses for photos during an interview at his office in Guatemala City, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Proudly gay and living with HIV, the 41-year-old businessman says the rainbow flag will not be his only cause. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Aldo Iván Dávila Morales is poised to make Guatemalan history as the first openly gay man elected to the country’s legislature.

But the 41-year-old activist says the rainbow flag won’t be his only cause. He intends to begin his congressional career with three main agenda points: Fighting corruption, ensuring Guatemalans’ right to health care and defending human rights, with a focus on the LGBTQ community.

Dávila said in an interview with The Associated Press: “I’m happy, with a lot of mixed feelings.”

While it hasn’t been officially confirmed by electoral authorities, experts say Dávila’s left-wing Winaq party won four congressional seats in Sunday’s general election. He is set to represent a Guatemala City district.

“People have to see me as just another citizen, since I was elected democratically,” Dávila added.