.- Pedro Zerolo, a well-known homosexual activist and the executive secretary of Spainâs Socialist Party (PSOE), traveled last week to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguayâwhere he met with president-elect and former bishop Fernando Lugoâto promote gender ideology and the legalization of gay marriage in South America.
After meeting with Lugo, Zerolo said Spain and Paraguay would work together on issues of poverty, education, gender and climate change. Zerolo also met with feminist and homosexual groups, telling them he is hopeful Paraguay will âdevelop policies with a gender perspective.â
In Argentina Zerolo met with President Cristina Kirchner, encouraging her to âmove into the futureâ by allowing the approval of a measure that would legalize gay unions and give gay couples the right to adopt children. If Kirchner gives the green light, the measure would go before the Argentinean Congress.
âThe same people who didnât want anything to change in Spain will oppose this law here. But Iâm not worried about protests from the right and from the Church,â Zerolo said.
Zerolo was president in 1993 of the Gay Collective of Madrid. In 1998 he was elected president of the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals. He won reelection to the post in 2000 and 2002.
As a member of Spainâs Socialist party, he was one of the main supporters of the legalization of homosexual unions in Spain. He participated in various attempts to get Spainâs Congress to modify the law on gay issues.
In 2005 he legalized his union with his gay partner. In addition to working for the Socialist Party, he is a Madrid city council member and a confidant of President Jose Luis Zapatero.