«Jaime Parada Hoyl is a Chilean human rights activist, politician, and historian. He is currently serving his 2nd term as a member in the Municipal Council of Providencia, in Santiago, being the first openly gay man elected to public office in Chile. He served as a spokesperson for LGBT rights group Movilh and gained national recognition after acting as the public-facing representative for the family of Daniel Zamudio, a young gay man killed in a brutal hate crime in 2013. Zamudio’s case pushed lawmakers to pass Chile’s anti-discrimination law, named after him.
In 2012, Parada abandoned his career as a historian to fully dedicate himself to politics and activism. He has since acted as a spokesperson for progressive candidates in two presidential campaigns. He has also been a strong public advocate for the law that opened civil unions to same-sex couples in Chile in 2015, and for the country’s Marriage Equality bill, which is still under debate.
In 2015, Parada founded País para todos (A country for all), the first non-governmental organisation in Chile exclusively dedicated to promoting inclusive work spaces for LGBT people. He has contributed opinion pieces to several publications, and acted as a panelist and commentator on many radio and television shows in Chile.
Parada is the author of Yo, gay. Un relato personal sobre la homosexualidad en Chile (Me, gay. A personal account about homosexuality in Chile), published by B Chile. He will soon publish his second book, Salir del clóset, todo lo que hay que saber (Coming out, everything you should know), co-authored by psychologist Raffaella DiGirolamo».