I was born in Chicago to parents who migrated from Puerto Rico in the 1950’s and I later returned with them to live on the Island in the 1960’s. As a Puerto Rican member of Congress and someone who represents Puerto Ricans in Illinois' 4th Congressional District, I closely follow issues affecting the Island and my constituents with strong ties there.
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Washington, DC – On Wednesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) spoke on the House floor about homophobic comments made by the President of the Puerto Rican Senate Thomas Rivera Schatz, who is a leader of the statehood effort in Puerto Rico. Congressman Gutiérrez called recent remarks made by Sen. Rivera Schatz “a troubling incident” – referring to a radio interview in which the Senator repeatedly referred to an openly gay, female public official as “Mister” (or “Señor”) in order to call attention to – and denigrate – her sexual orientation.