He was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and moved to the United States when he was 2 years old. He came out as undocumented when he was 15 and as queer three years later. Mexican-Americans especially — because this generation, we come into America and your family wants to be proud.
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Latina Lesbian Organizing in Chicago is an ongoing research project which seeks to address the gap regarding Latina queer contributions to activism by documenting and exploring the history of two organizations in Chicago — Amigas Latinas, a Latina lesbian, bisexual and transgender organization that was founded in and Llena, a Latina lesbian organization which ran from about to It also looks at the coalition-building politics that these groups established with other Latino and queer communities in Chicago. Accounts of Latina lesbian organizing, and organizing by other people of color around the country, are sorely needed to expand the gay and lesbian historiography that exists by specifically articulating how race and ethnicity shape this vibrant history. These accounts are vitally important to Latina and other queer women of color who do not see specific issues and concerns addressed in white gay and lesbian histories and in Latino a and immigrant community histories.
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In honor of that, we wanted to compile and share some information on a few queer Latinx historical figures that you might not know about. Read on to learn more about some of these people who paved the way for later generations through their struggles to exist during eras that were even less accepting of queer people than today. In the s, he served as a reporter and Spanish language interpreter for the United States in the Philippines during the Spanish American war.
Latinxs have a long and rich history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ activism. That activist spirit continues today in the work of people such as Raffi Freedman-Gurspanthe first openly transgender person to work in the White House. Of theLatinx same-sex households in the U.
The Catholic Church's position on homosexuality is based on a distinction between being lesbian or gay and acting on it, accepting the former while at the same time considering the latter to be wrong and sinful. Often, however, that distinction becomes blurred and the message that many Catholics hear is that merely being gay is sinful. And while living an out and open life is powerful and important for LGBTQ people, there are some individuals who choose to be only partially out. I am dedicated to my own faith without feeling I needed to follow some of the more conservative teachings of the Catholic Church," said Demeo.
For decades, the English-speaking world has led the entertainment industry on gay and lesbian TV representation. The U. The environment of Latin American TV today feels very similar to how US TV felt circa on the cusp of greater representation, if viewers just push for it.
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