What is it about?

Whether #YouToo is an effective strategy to further LGBTQ+ rights is examined in the context of El Salvador. We argue that hashtag activism is not useful in El Salvador given social forces at work. How Leadership can change the social imaginary of a country is central to this investigation.

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Why is it important?

The #YouToo movement has been a powerful force revealing the magnitude and global reach of sexual harassment and abuse. Yet the LGBTQ+ community has not been completely involved in the movement because they are marginalized and still afraid to speak. In El Salvador, the LGBTQ+ community has been ostracized and subjected to terrible violence. They have not yet been able to speak through the #YouToo movement and it is important to understand that in some cultures and countries, #YouToo needs to reach out to be more inclusive and understanding of the barriers to justice and inclusion.


After interviewing many LGBTQ+ Salvadorans, I became sadly aware of the challenges of their lives, of their rejection, and of the terrible violence against them. Their murderers are never brought to justice and many LGBTQ+ have had to flee the country to avoid being killed. Violence against them is horrific and my heart goes out to them. Researching and writing this article made me realize that all of us need to work harder to pursue justice for LGBTQ+ Salvadorans and for LGBTQ+ worldwide. it is our responsibility to change attitudes and hold people responsible for their violence against people they consider to be "different."

Randal Thompson
Fielding Graduate University

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This page is a summary of: #MeToo and LGBTQ+ Salvadorans: social and leadership challenges, Gender in Management An International Journal, February 2020, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/gm-05-2019-0078.
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