Friday, November 08, 2013

Audio: Gay and Puerto Rican

A little queer, Latino history for you

Founder of early feminist and gay groups in Puerto Rico, former New York City councilmember Margarita Lopez describes the violence and unemployment that forced her to leave the island. Luis Santiago, a pivotal member of ACT-UP's Latino caucus, talks about navigating between the group's white majority and the Latino community in their fight against AIDS. In a moving anecdote, Rosie Mendez, current NYC councilmember, recounts how one elderly religious couple was able to put aside their prejudice and embrace a gay grandchild.

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