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Born and raised in Mexico City, Isolda Atayde is an accountant by the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. She worked in KPMG Mexico specializing in expatriate´s Mexican tax requirements. Later she joined Ortiz, Sosa, Ysusi y Cia., S.C., a Mexican tax consulting firm, where she developed tax consulting skills for corporations.
She found her passion in advocating for LGBT rights in Mexico and Latin America, focusing on gender-expansive children and transgender youth. While living in Mexico, she founded the first support group for parents and caregivers of gender-expansive children and transgender youth.
Isolda came to PFLAG by way of her involvement with the organization while living in Mexico City, where she hopes to make a difference within the Latino community and their acceptance of an LGBT child. She joined PFLAG´s Audit Committee and is now part of the National Board of Directors.
She was one of the 50 LGBT activists from around the world invited by OUTRight International (formerly IGLHRC) to advocate for transgender and gender-expansive children and teenagers in meetings with different United Nations country missions.
Isolda was invited to be part of the 1st AMPLOS Annual Conference held at Lisbon, Portugal where she was part of a panel regarding transgender youth and gender-expansive children.
Her advocacy in Latin America includes various activities such as being part of the Steering Committee of the Asociación Internacional de Familias por la Diversidad Sexual (FDS) as well as organizing, along with COPRED (Consejo para Prevenir y Eliminar la Discriminación de la Cd. de México), events in Mexico City aiming to provide information to Mexican government officials, educators and family members regarding the importance of supporting gender-expansive children and transgender youth.
In September 2013, she was a key part for organizing the “Derechos de la Personas Transgénero desde la niñez” Forum in Mexico City, in order to simplify the legal procedure in Mexico for transgender people to be able to change their legal documents, as well as to raise awareness in society of the violence and harassment transgender and gender-expansive children face in school.