Carlos Sánchez joins the social struggle since primary school, taking part in the generalized popular claim arisen by Salvador Allende’s election for the Presidency of Chile in 1970. He lived the times when the militarists seized the power, when he was a student at the School of Arts of the Technical State University.
As from 1977 he distinguished himself as a students’ leader and activist. He was militant of MIR since 1979 and in 1981 is expelled of the Santiago University. In the same year he joined the People’s Rights Defense Committee, CODEPU, where he motivated the struggle for human rights.
In 1983, he joined the Popular Democratic Movement, which articulated the social struggle of the left-wing parties against the dictatorship.
In 1991, Sánchez leaves MIR and dedicates himself politically essentially to the social affairs, joining then the homosexual movement. In 1994, he integrates the gay movement, stimulating the unification of two of its organizations in the Sexual Minorities Unified Movement. There, alongside with his partners, he promotes the participation of the sexual minorities in the development of policies for HIV/Aids prevention and the proximity of other sectors affected by discrimination, creating networks that fight for an Anti-discriminating Law and Culture.
In the end of year 2000, Sánchez participates in a Conference in Rio de Janeiro, attended by more than 150 ILGA groups, and is voted as Regional Secretary for Latin America and Caribbean. In the beginning of 2001 he joins the Left-Wing Committee for Sexual Diversity. As a consequence of such initiative he is candidate to the Parliament for the Santiago Commune as a member of the Communist Party of Chile.
In the year 2002 he participates in the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre (Brazil), and publishes “Outside the limelight”, essay about politics and homosexuality.
Carlos Sánchez is President of the Workers’ National Union Luis Gauthier.
Translation: Maria Isabel de Castro Lima