The former senator and lawyer Michelle Suárez, died at the age of 39, in the last hours of Friday. Suárez, a lawyer by profession, was the first trans legislator to hold a seat in the Parliament of Uruguay.
Around the end of 2017, specifically in October, Suárez took office as Senator of the Republic, instead of Marcos Carambula. However, she had to leave the bench a couple of months later, after problems with the law. She admitted to her that she forged signatures. She was prosecuted for the crime of fraud and forgery of documents. She made the forgery of signatures to speed up procedures, to harm the other party or for her own benefit. The Supreme Court of Justice (SJC), disqualified her from offering professional services, after that.
Sergio Miranda, director of the Secretary of Diversity of the Municipality of Montevideo, echoed the death of the former senator and expressed the following. “I deeply regret the news of the death of Michelle Suárez, a fundamental trans activist in the fight for LGBTIQ+ rights and drafter of the Equal Marriage Law in Uruguay.”