Celebrating Hispanic Heritage & LGBTQ History Months

Panel Discussions

 Latino GLBT History Project founder Jose Gutierrez will speak on a panel about the history of the Latino community in metropolitan Washington, DC on September 27, 2014 AT the Historical Society of Washington, DC.

On September 26, Latino GLBT History Project board members David M. Pérez & VP Alexa Rodriguez of Empoderate!, and Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera of HRC will speak to Peace Corp LGBT & Hispanic resource groups for a special Hispanic Heritage presentation.

Partner Events

The Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs will host a series of events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Please go to OLA's website for more information at

Fiesta DC is Sept. 21st.

Special Observances

Sep. 15 - Oct 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month
Oct. 1-31 - LGBT History Month
Oct. 16th - Spirit Day
Dec. 1 - Worlds AIDS Day

Héroes Latinos LGBTQ
Photo Exhibition

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage & LGBTQ History Months
September 15 - October 31, 2014

The Latino GLBT History Project celebrates Hispanic Heritage & LGBTQ History months in September and October 2014 with an awards ceremony and an exhibit in the nation’s capital celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ Latinas and Latinos--Celebrating 5 Years of "Héroes Latinos LGBTQ" photo exhibition. You may donate to support the exhibit.   

The 'Héroes Latinos LGBTQ' exhibition showcases more than ninety lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Latina and Latino community members through breathtaking black and white photographs by Kevin Kenner. The exhibit features community leaders, activists, students, artists and professionals who work at the intersection of the Latino and LGBTQ communities in metropolitan Washington, D.C. to advance social justice, dialogue and understanding among our residents. The exhibit is accompanied by brief biographies for each person featured in the exhibit. Their stories of empowerment and Latina/o pride are brilliant examples of human beings making positive contributions to society. Their unique stories about life, love and the struggle to survive show real life examples of LGBTQ Latinas and Latinos living and working in our nation’s capital. For more inspiring photographs and stories go to or

The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) would like to thank the District of Columbia Mayor's Office on Latino AffairsNational Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Brother Help Thyself, DC Office of Human RightsD&P Creative Strategies, ¡Empodérate! Youth Center at La Clínica del Pueblo, the LHP board and our volunteer planing committee: Esther Hidalgo, Jose Gutierrez, David M. Pérez, Alexa Rodriguez, Jesus Chavez, Ignacio Barragan, Jaime Valverede, Ricardo Febres, Nancy Cañas, Marco Contreras, Joanna Cifredo, Eric Perez, Andy Sampson, and Raul Corral.

The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit volunteer-led organization founded in April 2000 to investigate, collect, preserve and educate the public about the history, culture, heritage, arts, social and rich contributions of the Latino LGBTQ community in metropolitan Washington, D.C. 

Poster Exhibit 

A selection of 20 of the biographies and photographs will be featured in a traveling poster exhibit. The posters will be on display from September 15th through October 31st at the Latin American Youth CenterMt. Pleasant LibraryMayor's Office on Latino Affairs, and The DC LGBT Center. Click on the name above of each location for hours.

Digital Exhibit 

From September 15 through October 31st, the Latino GLBT History Project will release 8 biographies and photographs per week in celebration of Hispanic Heritage and LGBT History months. By the end of LGBT History Month, over 90 LGBTQ Latina/o heroes will be featured online to educate the public. Currently you may view 30 of the photos and biographies released in 2013 at The exhibit is expected to draw more than 10,000 views. The exhibit includes snap shots of the life of community members in metropolitan Washington who were inducted into the exhibit over the last 5 years since it was founded in 2009 by Jose Gutierrez. A special thanks to our LHP board members and archives co-chairs Esther Hidalgo and Jose Gutierrez.

Featured Heroes

Photographs and brief biographies of the following LGBTQ Latino/a leaders will be featured in the online photo exhibit featured at For questions or information contact Jesus Chavez, Latino GLBT History Project, Program Coordinator at

Ivan       Aguilar

Ignacio  Aguirre

Tico        Alameida

Marta    Alvarado

Nilda      Aponte

Tanya    Argujo Bautista

Yajaira   Arreaza

Miguel  Ayala

Gilmo    Beltran

Luigi       Buitrago

Hilary     Burger

Nancy   Cañas

Sophia  Carrero

Jocelyn Carrillo

Marco   Castro

Ernesto  Cedeno

Joanna  Cifredo

Candy   Cintron

Manuel   Cosme

Gigi Paris  Courture

Jorge     Delgado

Manuel J.  Diaz Ramirez

Ingrid    Duran

Martin  Elcorrobarrutia

Martin Alfonso  Elcorrobarrutia Castillo

Laura     Esquivel

Felix Montes (Alana Vancroft)

Fausto  Fernandez

Sofia "Diego el Sabroso" Gaggero

Jesse     Garcia

Robert  Giron

Ana        Gomez

Letitia    Gomez

Ruben   Gonzales

Ana        Gonzalez

Amanda    Gutierrez

Ernesto "Tito"    Gutierrez

Jose       Gutierrez

Wilmer Gutierrez

Luciano Guzman

Jack        Harrison-Quintana

Lena      Hernandez

Esther   Hidalgo

"Sylvanna Duvél"  (Jorge Henandez)

Kevin     Kenner

Andres Edwin    Lizama

Alan       Lopez

Ashley Nicole     lopez

Consuella            Lopez

Margarita            Lopez

Beatriz  Lucia

Jai           Martin

Michelle               Medrano

Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera

Dilcia      Molina

Oskar    Moran

Fidel      Morin

Raul       Olivio

Yamilect               Orellena

Eddie (Boy Eddie)   Ortiz

W. David              Pacheco

David     Perez

Lucia G.                Perillan

Catherine M.     Pino

Jose L.   Plaza

Marco Antonio  Quiroga

Boe        Ramirez

Jose       Ramirez

German Roa

Roxy Milorf  *Rocky Correas)

Ana        Rodriguez

Olga       Rodriguez

Rosa      Roldan Torres

Angela  Rondon

Jamaica   Rouge

Francisco  Ruiz

Diego    Sanchez

Jennifer               Sanchez

Paul       Scott

María de Jesús  Serna

May       Sifuentes

Lazaro   Solorzano

Jorge Andres     Soto

Joaquin   Tamayo

Hector  Torres

Daniel   Trejo

Anahomi Briyit Vasquez

Johnny Vasquez

Valerie  Villalta

Ana        Washington

Candy   Wrapper

Eva         Young

Frank     Yurita

Hector  Zarate

Maria Cecilia       Zea

Beatriz  Zuluaga