Proud Latin@s

On October 18, OMA invites you to hear from LGBTQ Latin@ writers and share your own story at a panel and writer’s workshop.

Although numerous strides have been made regarding LGBTQ rights in recent years—the remaining challenges are many. What does it mean to be gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual in Latin@ communities? How do we find/create our voices after a lifetime of hearing our families make disparaging remarks about “esas gentes” (those people)? What strategies do we employ as allies to combat homophobia in our families and communities?

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Hispanic Task Force on October 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room for In Our Own Words—On Our Own Terms: Reflections of Latin@ LGBTQ Writers, a provocative panel and writers’ workshop to both hear and create stories. Panelists include:

Justin Torres, We The Animals
Alicia Anabel Santos, Finding Your Force: A Journey to Love
Carlos Vazquez, Contraband
Meriam Rodriguez, Adelina’s Perfect Girl

Moderated by: Nivea Castro, JD, Activist

The event includes the writers reading selections from their work, lunch, and a writing workshop for participants to tell their own stories, which will be used as part of a digital storytelling project.

“We decided to have the writers talk about their experience in what is largely a homophobic society within the Latino community,” says OMA Director Denise Belén Santiago, PhD. “They will also be addressing how we become allies and how to effectively combat homophobia.”

For more information, contact Denise Belén Santiago at (212) 346-1546 or