LHP Elected New President and Officers

Latino GLBT History Project Elects President & Officers

Washington, D.C. March 23, 2015 – In the year of its 15th Anniversary, the Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) board of directors is pleased to announce its new officers. On March 21st, Jose L. Plaza was elected was as LHP president and Alexa Elizabeth Rodriguez was reelected as LHP vice president. David Pazmiño will serve as secretary. Board members serve two year terms.

Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose L. Plaza is the proud son of migrant farm workers. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, earned a M.Sc. in counseling from California State University, Long Beach, and his BA from San Diego State University. Jose is the National Director for Latino Engagement for Enroll America and is an Associate Board Member for the Latin American Youth Center. He joined the Latino GLBT History Project board of directors in 2013 and co-chaired the 7th Annual DC Latino Pride in 2013. 

Alexa Elizabeth Rodriguez was born in Usulután, El Salvador where she founded Mi Nueva Familia, a working group for people living with HIV and Transgender women. In 2009, Alexa arrived in the United States and continued her work as an HIV/STI prevention educator with groups such as Identity, Mariposas group at La Clínica del Pueblo, and Casa de Maryland. Alexa currently works in HIV prevention as Transgender Program Coordinator for ¡Empoderáte! Youth Center at La Clínica del Pueblo. Alexa serves on the board of directors for the TransLatina Coalition. Alexa was first elected to the Latino GLBT History Project board in 2013 and was a volunteer before that.

David Pazmiño moved to the United States eleven years ago from South America. He holds a bachelor of arts in government and a masters' degree in policy. As a civil rights advocate, he is planning to pursue a Law degree and continue working towards equality and justice for the immigrant, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities communities. He has been Latino GLBT History Project volunteer and elected to the board in 2015.

Continuing board members include Cristela Solorio Ruiz, federal employee; May Sifuentes of Planned Parenthood Federation of America; Jennifer Sanchez, veteran and Schedule C appointee for the Obama Administration; Eric Perez, The DC Center for the LGBT Community; David M. Pérez, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); LHP Founder and DC activist, Jose Gutierrez.

"It is with great excitement that I take on this leadership role alongside my fellow LHP Board Members. LHP, and the work of its founder Jose Gutierrez, has been a consistent voice for Latinos in the Washington D.C. area for the past fifteen years. Under David M. Pérez' leadership this organization has provided the D.C. community and partners across the country a model of activism, Latino engagement, and bringing to light the profile of amazing Latino GLBT leaders. I look forward to an amazing year, working with existing partners, and forging new and lasting relationships with the D.C. community," said Jose L. Plaza, new President of LHP.

The LHP Steering Committee members will serve the organization for 1 year by providing strategic advice, promote LHP programs and recruit volunteers. Members include Eddie Ayala, Eric Hernandez, Ivan Aguilar, Gabriela Garcia, Letitia Gomez, Diego Sanchez, Paul Marengo, Andy Sampson, Juan Diaz Martinez, Johnny Vasquez, and Marco Antonio Quiroga. The Archives Steering Committee includes: Eric Palladini, Ranald Woodman, and Esther Hidalgo. The Women’s Steering Committee is represented by Nancy Cañas, Lena Hernandez, Miriam Perez, Tamira Ramirez, Jesu Serna, and Angie Ruiz.  LHP is also represented at public events by Juan Alvarez, Mr. Latino GLBT History Project 2014-15; Ana Gomez, Miss Latino GLBT History Project 2014-15; and Gladys Gonzalez, Miss Latino GLBT History Project 2014-15. Manny Cosme, CEO of CFO Services Group provides LHP's accounting services.

Please join the Latino GLBT History Project for our signature events in 2015:

  • 4th Annual Mujeres en el Movimiento event on Thursday, April 9th at 6:30PM at Jin 2017 14th St. NW, DC
  • 9th Annual DC Latino Pride celebration, which includes La Plática Panel Discussion & Community Celebration scheduled for Thursday, June 4th from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW and La Fiesta Dance Party on Thursday, June 11th at 9:00 PM at Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW, Washington, DC
  • 10th Annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Awards on September 18th from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM at  Human Rights Campaign

The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit 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 GLBT community in metropolitan Washington, D.C. To accomplish our mission, the LHP creates educational exhibits from our historical archives collection showcased at cultural events such as, a Women’s History Month Reception, a Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Reception, DC Latino Pride and during a Transgender Awareness Month event, educational presentations at local and national conferences, our InfórmateDC newsletter, and through our online virtual museum at www.LatinoGLBTHistory.org.

Contact: Jose L. Plaza

Email: plaza.jl@gmail.com  

Phone: (619) 341-9181