The Gran Varones is a legacy project that uses video and photography to tell the stories of Latino & Afro-Latino Gay, Queer and Trans men. Our stories shine light on what being “out” and “proud” means to us, our families, and our communities.
“Some of us are presently in that one in four and know first hand that the epidemic is being driven by racism, homophobia, poverty and stigma. Some of us know that we bear the great burden of HIV infection in our community. Unfortunately, only some us know that these statistics DO NOT mean that we have failed each other or that we have not been doing our best to sustain ourselves as Latino MSM. What these statistics mean is that the system and the prevention organizations charged with reaching us have failed us on many levels.”
As part of En Blanco y Negro: Gay & Boricua, an exhibition of the
artwork of José Luis Cortés, GALAEI and Taller Puertorriqueño are
pleased to present a panel discussion on important issues affecting the
LGBTQ Latino community.
The panel will look at, from different
perspectives, their past, current and future directions. The topics
addressed will include the intersectionalities of insider/outsider,
invisibility, homophobia, resilience, migration, ethnicity, race, class,
and gender, the impact of the HIV/AIDS
epidemic, and the social and political organization of LGBTQ Latinos in
the United States and Puerto Rico. This will be a public and open forum.
Panel participants include: José Luis Cortés, artist; Elicia Gonzales,
Executive Director of GALAEI; Erika Guadalupe Núñes, artist and
community organizer; Emmanuel Coreano, a youth member at GALAEI; Bella, a
trans* identifying youth who is passionate about the Queer community;
and Anthony Leon from The Gran Varones Project. David Acosta, AIDS
activist, writer, cultural worker and current artistic director for Casa
de Duende, will be the moderator.