Robert Santos is the First Latino Director of the Census Bureau

By Natalie Rogers

In a bipartisan vote (58-35), Robert “Rob” Santos has become the United States’ Director of the Census Bureau after being nominated by President Joe Biden. This title makes Santos the first Latinx person and the second person of color to ever hold the position. Though his confirmation occurred in November of last year, Santos was officially sworn into office on January 1 of this year to begin his term. Continue reading Robert Santos is the First Latino Director of the Census Bureau

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Transgender women elected to Mexican Congress call for progress

By Christine Murray Thomson Reuters Foundation

In a first for Mexico, two transgender women are preparing to sit in the lower house of Congress, with both vowing to push for affirmative action in Latin America’s second-largest economy. More than 100 LGBTQ candidates took part in the June 6 elections, which saw the highest mid-term turnout in more than two decades, according to the electoral authority INE. Continue reading Transgender women elected to Mexican Congress call for progress

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Rhode Island’s Nellie Gorbea becomes first Latina in New England to run for governor

By Nicole Acevedo, NBC News

Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is running to become the state’s next governor in 2022. Gorbea, a Democrat, is the first Latina to run for governor in New England. If she wins, Gorbea would also be the first Puerto Rican governor in the mainland. Continue reading Rhode Island’s Nellie Gorbea becomes first Latina in New England to run for governor

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