Leonie Dorado, 26, is blazing a trail as the first transgender news anchor in Bolivia, a traditionally conservative South American country currently dealing with the harsh consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dorado, the new co-host of Bolivian program ‘Aby Ayala TV’, covers LGBTQ issues in her role, drawing on her own transition and life experience as a trans person.
“The transition took me four years in total,” explained Dorado, who as a child was called Bernardo. “In the end, I was not in the wrong body, I was looking for the way I wanted to project my life.”
TV broadcasting hasn’t always been in Dorado’s career plans. As a child, she showed a big talent as a piano player, but then started singing. Eventually, she is currently working toward a degree in modern music in Bolivia’s National Conservatory of Music.
She was offered the TV job in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and did not hesitate to accept the opportunity to be a voice for trans people, not only in her country, but all over the world as well.
Dorado, whose family was supportive of her transition, decided it was time to open up about her experience publicly with the aim of helping others within the LGBTQ community.
“The LGBT community is a group of millions of people who demand human rights, labor rights, rights to have their lives respected,” Dorado explained. “That is what has moved me to be part of this project.”
In her new role, Dorado talks and highlights trans rights and issues, particularly health and labor. She is also writing a book to encourage others with her personal motto: “Make peace with your body, put your health first, bet on your dreams and be happy.”