Soraya Santiagothe first person from Puerto Rico known to have undergone gender reassignment surgery and a longtime icon for the U.S. territory's LGBTQ communityhas died of cancer, ABC News reported. She was 73.
Santiago had frequented New York's Stonewall Inn and was in the citybut not the barwhen police raided it in 1969, unleashing a rebellion that led to the LGBTQ+-rights movement. She credited that with helping turn her into an activist.
Santiago studied political science at Puerto Rico's largest public university and was featured in several documentaries, including the 2014 Puerto Rican film Mala, Mala, which follows nine transgender people.
The full ABC News article is at https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/soraya-santiago-puerto-rico-lgbtq-icon-dies-73-73172831 .