The first lesbian elected mayor of the Colombian capital of Bogotá took office on Wednesday.
Claudia L√≥pez, a former Colombian senator, on Oct. 27 was elected with slightly more than 35 percent of the vote. L√≥pez, who ran on the leftist Green and Alternative Democratic Pole party ticket, is also the first woman elected Bogotá¬¥s mayor.
"I promise to honor your confidence and give my all to make sure that our Bogotá in the next four years will be a more caring, inclusive and sustainable city and region," tweeted L√≥pez. "Welcome to the 21st century!"
L√≥pez, 49, was elected to the Colombian Senate in 2014. She later became a candidate to succeed then-President Juan Manuel Santos who left office in 2018.
L√≥pez last month married Colombian Sen. Angélica Lozano, a bisexual woman who in 2018 became the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the country's Senate. L√≥pez was not out when she was elected to the Senate.
Lozano on Wednesday tweeted a picture with L√≥pez after her swearing-in.
'Mira la esencia, no las apariencias. El cuerpo es solo un estuche y los ojos la ventana de nuestra alma'
— Angélica Lozano Correa?? (@AngelicaLozanoC) January 1, 2020
This article originally appeared in the Washington Blade and is made available in partnership with the National LGBT Media Association.