Simón Cazal is a gay activist born in the city of Villeta, Paraguay. He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of SOMOSGAY, the largest LGBT-rights organization in the country and one of the strongest groups in Latin America. Simón became one of the main gay leaders in the region thanks to his vast experience and ability to reconnect issues related to community mobilization, high-level political advocacy, HIV prevention and human rights all in one.
With over ten years of accumulated experience as a community-based group, SOMOSGAY has been able to overcome the discriminatory society in which they work on a daily basis thanks to the dedication, passion and leadership of Simón and his team. Currently, Simón is also the Secretary of GayLatino, the main advocacy network led by Latino gay men from all around the world.
Until late 2016, Simón also served as delegate and representative for Latin America in the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS’ Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) as well as a member of the MSMGF Steering Committee since 2010, providing feedback and support to the forum and other partners and allies.
Simón is currently based in Asunción, and is also a deep cat lover and a huge fan of comic books and superheroes.