Leonie Dorado never expected to be the first transgender news anchor in Bolivia since she always thought she would be pursuing a career in music as a singer and piano player. The twenty-six-year-old news anchor is now the new cohost of the Bolivian program Aby Ayala TV where she will focus on issues regarding LGBTQ+ news.
She is currently working towards a degree in modern music in Bolivia’s National Conservatory of Music. Though the job was offered to her in the middle of the pandemic, she didn’t hesitate to become Bolivia’s voice for trans people on national television.
Unlike many trans individuals who still face discrimination in Bolivia, Dorado’s family was very supportive of her transition. As the first transgender anchor in Bolivia, she hopes to share her experience to the public with the aim of spreading awareness and helping others in Bolivia’s LGBTQ+ community.
“The LGBT community is a group of millions of people who demand human rights, labor rights, rights to have their lives respected,” Dorado said. “That is what has moved me to be part of this project.”
She continues to make waves as she fights for trans rights and educates the public on the issues LGBTQ+ people face particularly with health and labor in Bolivia. She is also planning to publish a book soon with her motto: “Make peace with your body, put your health first, bet on your dreams and be happy.”