Editors' Note: Guest blogger Michael Lavers is the author behind one of my favorite blogs, Boy In Bushwick. Michael is also a journalist for Edge Network.
Today marks the second anniversary of Puerto Rican gay teenager Jorge Steven López Mercado's brutal murder.
Juan José Martínez Matos stabbed Jorge Steven López Mercado to death on Nov. 13, 2009, before he decapitated, dismembered and partially burned his body. López's remains were found dumped along a remote roadside near Cayey the next day.
López's gruesome murder sent shockwaves across Puerto Rico and beyond--singers Ricky Martin, Olga Tañon and René Péréz of Calle 13 and former Miss Universe Denise Quiñones were among those who publicly spoke out against anti-LGBT violence on the island. Human Rights Foundation President Ada Conde Vidal, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York City Councilmembers Melissa Mark-Viverito and Rosie Mendez and Illinois state Sen. Iris Martínez are among those who repeatedly blasted Gov. Luís Fortuño for his failure to follow suit.
Has anything changed in Puerto Rico since López's death?