This past weekend, we screened our documentary “Our Legacy is Alive” on the opening night of Café Con Leche’s “Orgullo!: Pittsburgh Latin@ LGBTQ Pride”. This event was the first of its kind for the city, providing a platform for our project and for the always magical Bamby Salcedo, who spoke about the experiences of Latin@ Trans* Immigrants. We knew that we had been invited to take part in something amazing, but we had no idea we would wind up making history.
photo by armando garcía
A few months ago, Tara Sherry-Torres, owner & operator of Café Con Leche, reached out to GALAEI to build community. When GALAEI connected us to Tara, we could not have been more grateful for her invitation to participate in “Orgullo!,” which formed part of the larger movement in Pittsburgh to re-create and re-reclaim Pride.
louie a. ortiz-fonseca & tara sherry-torres
You may have read about the long history of discontent that queer
and trans* people of color and allies have had with The Delta Foundation, the
agency that sponsors Pittsburgh Pride Event. For many years, community members
have voiced their concerns about Delta Pride not being inclusive to black,
brown and trans* folks. This year, those concerns echoed even louder when Iggy
Azalea, who has been known to use her platform to post both racist and homophobic
comments, was announced as the headliner. Community members, who have already
organized alternative Pride Events, the most notable being Trans* Pride and
Black Pride, courageously and publically stated they would boycott this year’s
Delta Pride. This inspired others do to the same. This is huge because it now
challenges not only Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ community but all queer communities to
acknowledge the inequities both within our communities and also within event
that is designed for LGBTQ people to celebrate our pride.
bamby salcedo, louie a. ortiz & armando garcía
While we were there to screen our film, we were provided the
incredible opportunity to build community with others who are committed to
creating visibility for LGBTQ people of color. We shared time and space with fellow
warriors who understand that our collective liberations are inextricably linked
to one-another, and that we must challenge all systems of oppression even when
those oppressions are wrapped in a rainbow flag. We cannot express just how humbling
and inspiring it was to be part of such a powerful and historic event.
pittsburgh’s lovely community leaders and louie a. ortiz-fonseca