DC's Latino LGBT Community Stands Strong

Community organizations, monthly workshops and pride events capture the moment

Posted on Thursday, 13/03/2014
By:Eric Cortes

In 2012 Mayor Vince Gray and the D.C. Office of Human Rights released an ad campaign promoting respect for the city’s transgender and gender-non-conforming residents. The five ads use images of members of the transgender and gender-non-conforming community and convey the message that they are no different than any other D.C. resident. Although this won't stop discrimination in the LGBT community, it was a start.

It was in 2010 that Washington, DC legalized marriage equality. Another huge step not just on the local level, but nationally as well. But what does it mean to have true equality amongst everyone? Sometimes all it takes are discussions with gay, lesbian, transgender and straight allies. However, unfortunately for Latino gays and lesbians, it can be little more challenging. "The fact that you're gay and a person of color and potentially have a language barrier dwindles your opportunities for success," said Rafael Alvarez, who is board president for a Latino gay & lesbian organization in Philadelphia. 

And while you think there aren't events for you, there indeed are. The Latino Queer Bilingual Writing Group hosts monthly workshops with special performers.  Call the DC Center (202) 682-2245 or email Ed at washeg@gmail.com for more information. 

Meanwhile here are some upcoming events you may want to check out:

  • The Latino GLBT History Project will also host their DC Latino Pride events in May and June of 2014. La Platica, a panel discussion, takes place on May 29 followed by a historical exhibition. La Fiesta, the official Latino Pride dance party, takes place on June 5. 
  • In celebration of LGBT pride month, Rainbow History Project and the Historical Society of Washington are co-sponsoring a panel discussion of the early 1970s Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and its activities in Washington DC. The event will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2014. 

Don't think you're alone out there. Attend an event. Talk to friends and/or family. But as always, take your time. 

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