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Singer-Songwriter Kany García Speaks Out Against Conversion Therapy in Puerto Rico

As the Puerto Rican government is debating a bill on conversion therapy, Kany García is speaking out against the controversial practice. The Boricua singer-songwriter wrote an open letter to the senators in favor of Senate Bill 184, which would help end conversion therapy on the island.

Kany is one of Puerto Rico’s most-decorated artists.

García is one of the Puerto Rico’s top artists. She’s won six Latin Grammy out of a career 20 nominations. In March, she was also nominated for her third Grammy Award for her latest album Mesa Para Dos.

This year Kany celebrated five years since coming out.

On Valentine’s Day 2016, García revealed that she was in a relationship with her partner, Jocelyn Troche. The couple is still going strong with Troche appearing in last year’s “Lo Que En Ti Veo.” She and García share beautiful moments in the video. At November’s Latin Grammy Awards, there was a big wave of artists in the LGBTQ+ community in the major categories, including García, Ricky Martin, Pablo Alborán, and Jesse y Joy’s Joy Huerta.

She’s telling Puerto Rican senators to pass Senate Bill 184 in her letter.

Since coming out, García has remained at the forefront of queer issues in Puerto Rico. The passage of Senate Bill 184 seeks to prohibit conversion therapy. The controversial practice has long harmed LGBTQ+ communities. It’s thought of as a way to rid them of their queer gender or sexual identities.

“Puerto Rico deserves that every girl and boy, every young woman and young man can be who they want to be and love who they want to love,” García wrote in her letter. “This measure has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with the protection of Puerto Rican children and youth.”

García speaks from her own experience. “I am an example of how to be faithful to who you are. I am a woman who deeply loves her partner and who is loved by her family and by our people. There is nothing to change. There is nothing to repair. There’s nothing to heal. We have to give the same opportunity that I have had, to be who I am, to all our children and youth.”

García further writes that the bill should be passed as-is without any amendments. According to Al Día news, Popular Democratic Party Senators Gretchen Hau, Elizabeth Rosa Velez, and Migdalia Gonzalez have filed several amendments to Senate Bill 184 as of Wednesday. Puerto Rico’s governor Pedro Pierluisi has indicated that he’s ready to override the senators if necessary.

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Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo Sánchez Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Killing Of Pregnant Woman

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Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo Sánchez Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Killing Of Pregnant Woman

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Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo Sánchez is charged with murdering Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, who was pregnant at the time. In a virtual court hearing earlier this week, Verdejo Sánchez pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to the murder.

Boxer Félix Verdejo Sánchez is being charged with murder in connection to the death of Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz.

Earlier this month, news broke that Rodríguez Ortiz’s body was found floating in a lagoon. The news shocked Puerto Rico because Rodríguez Ortiz was pregnant when she was killed. Verdejo Sánchez, who is married and has a young daughter, was quickly arrested and charged with murder in connection with her death.

According to an FBI complaint, Verdejo Sánchez is accused of punching Rodríguez Ortiz in the face before injecting her with an unknown substance. She was then tied up and heavy blocks were attached to the bindings before being thrown from a bridge. Verdejo Sánchez then allegedly shot at Rodríguez Ortiz’s body before fleeing the scene.

Verdejo Sánchez and Luis Antonio Cádiz Martínez were both indicted in the crime.

According to reports, Cadíz Martinez helped Verdejo Sánchez commit the crime and has worked as a witness for the FBI as they investigate the murder. Both men have pleaded not guilty to one count of carjacking resulting in death, one count of kidnapping resulting in death, and one count of killing an unborn child. Verdejo Sánchez is also facing one count of carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

The two men are facing federal charges that could come with federal death penalties.

The death penalty is illegal in Puerto Rico but special circumstances in the case could mean federal death penalties. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico said in a statement that the crime was done “by payment or the promise of payment.” That is enough to escalate the matter to a federal crime.

“Keishla Rodríguez-Ortiz was taken from a family that loved her, and she and her child were denied the most fundamental right of life, and the joy of knowing what that life could have been,” United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow said in a statement. “We hope that this process brings some measure of solace to Keishla’s family. This case also underscores the message of cooperation with law enforcement that I have been repeating to the community – If you have knowledge of criminal activity, even if you are a participant in that activity, do the right thing and come forward to authorities. The prosecutors and the law enforcement agencies that have worked tirelessly, and who continue to assist in the ongoing investigation of this case, are to be commended.”

Rodríguez Ortiz’s death has sparked outrage as the island confronts a spike in femicide since January.

Twenty-one women have been killed in Puerto Rico since the beginning of the year. According to Observatorio de Equidad de Género, 60 women were killed last year in Puerto Rico, which is a 62 percent increase from 2019. Puerto Ricans are demanding justice and answers as the same femicide gripping the rest of Latin America is on the rise.

This story is ongoing and mitú will update on the story as it develops.

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Fall 2021 U.S. Tours: Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernandéz And More

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Fall 2021 U.S. Tours: Alejandro Sanz, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernandéz And More

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Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz is going to tour the U.S. this fall. As more people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, more Latin music stars are announcing tours for later this year. Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandéz and Nuyorican icon Marc Anthony recently announced their tours as well.

Sanz is returning to the U.S. for #LAGIRA 2021.

Sanz will be coming back around to the U.S. for #LAGIRA 2021. The show kicks off in Rosemont on Oct. 8 and runs through major cities like New York, Miami, Houston, and L.A. for the rest of the month. Tickets for the 12 shows will go on sale this Thursday, April 29 at 10 a.m. local time.

#LAGIRA is a continuation of Sanz’s 2019 tour of the same name in support of his #ELDISCO album. At the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards, he won Best Pop Song and Record of the Year for “Mi Persona Favorita” with Cuban-American pop star Camila Cabello.

Marc Anthony’s U.S. Tour will also go on sale this week.

Following his live-stream show fiasco, Anthony announced his fall and winter U.S. tour this week. The Marc Anthony Tour will kick off in San Antonio on Aug. 27 and wrap in L.A. on Dec. 18. Tickets for the 23-date tour will go on sale this Friday, April 30. There will be a pre-sale this Wednesday, April 28.

Alejandro Fernandéz will bring regional Mexican music to the U.S. this fall.

Earlier this month, Fernandéz, the son of ranchera music legend Vicente Fernández, announced his Hecho En México Tour 2021. The tour starts in Reno on Sept. 10 and ends in Phoenix on Oct. 24. Tickets for the 19 dates are on sale now. Alejandro’s son Alex Fernández, Jr. and Mexican star Christian Nodal will open for select dates. Alejandro recently celebrated the tour announcement with his remix of Natanael Cano’s “Amor Tumbado.”

Other tours to look forward to this fall include Colombian pop star Maluma’s Papi Juancho World Tour and Ricky Martin’s joint tour with Enrique Iglesias. Colombian crooner Sebastián Yatra will be opening for the two icons. There’s also Bad Bunny’s El Último Tour Del Mundo 2022 that’s already sold out.

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