The Latino GLBT History Project’s Archival Collection is among handful of repositories entirely dedicated to documenting the unique intersection of Latino activism and queer identity. We have the largest collection of materials covering over 25 years of Latino Activism in the Washington area’s LGBT Community. Our collection, which consists of records and other documentation concerning the work of local and national leaders, artists and performers, organizations and events in history such as historic marches, Pride activities and the AIDS epidemic.
Included in the collection are photographs, manuscripts, posters, banners, pins, video and audiotapes of oral histories, film and video of historic events, newsletters and periodicals.
Below is an overview of major collections in LHP’s holdings.
The Organization Files concern documents and ephemera created by various LGBT Latino groups and organizations operating on the grassroots, local and national level, with a focus on serving Latinos in the LGBT community. Materials vary and include banners, flyers, posters, newsletters, correspondence, manuals and meeting minutes for the following Latino LGBT groups.
GELAAM (Gente Latina de Ambiente)
Latin@s en Accion
LLEGO (The National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organization)
The Pageant Files include photographs, programs and flyers for the following performers.
Subject files primarily consist of individual articles and interviews on a variety of topical issues relevant to LGBT Latino life in Washington, DC. The coverage of this collection spans from 1980 to the present and is sourced from local and regional publications such as the Washington Blade, Metro Weekly and the Washington Post.
Items in this collection feature bilingual (Spanish and/or English) advertisements in the form of posters, flyers and other ephemera, produced by local government and leading non-profit health organizations to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS, health and wellness within the LGBT Community. This collection also includes a subseries of materials produced by smaller entities and individuals to advertise local GLBT gathering spaces, support meetings, social events and pageants.
The word “Project” in Latino GLBT History Project stands for LHP’s commitment to bring Latino LGBT history to life through year-round bilingual programming and events designed to educate, excite and inspire contemporary and future generations.
The Scope of LHP’s Project History includes Temporary Exhibits, Presentations and Panel Discussions
LHP’s first temporary exhibit was organized in April 2000 at the historic, Latino-owned Club CHAOS in Washington, DC. Since then, LHP has displayed materials from the archive collection at contemporary and historic institutions throughout Metropolitan Washington, DC, such as Lambda Rising Bookstore, La Clínica del Pueblo, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Office of Latino Affairs (OLA), The DC Center, Whitman-Walker Clinic NOVA and the Lesbian Services Program office of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, DC and with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Receptions or panel discussions presented by local historians, key leaders and pubic figures often accompany the temporary exhibits. In addition to contextualizing the theme, talks and panel discussions function as a tool through which the community may actively participate and learn about Latino LGBT history through interactive dialogue and social engagement. These engagements are made possible through partnerships with local and national organizations such as American University, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for Unid@s, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), University of Wisconsin-Madison and the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program with the Mississippi Consortium for International Development.
ENSURE YOUR LEGACY!
If you wish to donate a personal collection or records relevant to the history of Latinos in the LGBT Movement, please contact Archives Committee Co-chair Esther Hidalgo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special consideration will be given to materials concerning, Latina lesbians and LGBT Latinos of African and Indigenous descent.