#5: Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro
Yolanda Pizarro was born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and was raised by her grandparents. She began writing at an early age in school newsletters and newspapers and won drawing and essay competitions at the Colegio San Vicente Ferrer in Cataño. In 2004, Arroyo published her first book of short stories Origami de letras (Letter Origami). The following year published her first novel Los documentados (The Documented) which deals with migration conditions in the Caribbean, specifically from Hispañiola to Puerto Rico. She has won countless literary awards and in 2007 she was chosen as one of the most important Latin American writers under 39 years of age.
Arroyo frequently writes about #LGBT issues in her work and has participated with other writers and activists in the #LGBTTIQ and African-descent communities in conferences and symposia held in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela. In 2014, she and her partner, Zulma Oliveras Vega joined the same-sex marriage case Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz. When the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that the island’s marriage ban was unconstitutional, Arroyo and Oliveras became the first same-sex couple to marry in Puerto Rico.