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BEQ Pride Celebrates Black History Month: Ana Irma Rivera Lassén

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Ana Irma Rivera Lassén (San Juan, PR) was the first Black woman and the first lesbian to head the Bar Association of Puerto Rico. Elected in 2012, she was also the third woman to hold the position. In the 1980s, Rivera Lassén sued a judge and won when she was refused entry into court in pants, as opposed to a dress or skirt.

Rivera Lassén’s activism career is long and decorated with awards, including the Medalla Senatorial Capetillo-Roqué from the Puerto Rican Senate, which she was awarded in 2003 for her work on behalf of women’s rights.

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Reproduced with permission from ©2019 Stout, Zaylore “Our Gay History in Fifty States”

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