Transgender Colombian Helps LGBT People Flee Venezuela

Madonna Badillo. Photo Via Madonna Badillo, Facebook

Madonna Badillo, a 49-year-old transgender woman, helps LGBT Venezuelan refugees flee to Colombia.

Badillo lives in Maicao, Colombia, near the border of Colombia, and shares her home with seven Venezuelan sex workers. She doesn’t ask for rent, just that they help out with groceries, according to Aljazeera.

"Because of what's happening in Venezuela, and as our neighbour country and members of the LGBT community, I find myself wanting to help them and give them refuge," Badillo said, according to Aljazeera.

LGBT people in Colombia face a lot of discrimination, and some Venezuelans with HIV/AIDS can’t get medicine, so Badillo has committed herself to taking care of these individuals.

"No one wanted to rent them a room because there is a lot of discrimination towards our population," Badillo said.