New Members Elected to LHP Board of Directors

Latino GLBT History Project’s New Board and Steering Committee Members

 Washington, D.C. February 24, 2015 – In the year of its 15th Anniversary, the Latino GLBT History Project’s (LHP) Board of Directors welcomes three new board members who will serve 2-year terms:


     Eric Perez, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Center Military and Center Latino Coordinator, is an army combat veteran from the Bronx New York. He supports LGBT veterans, military service members, their families, and the Latino community.


     David Pazmiño, Civil Rights Advocate, 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.


     Cristela Solorio Ruiz, is originally from California and moved to Washington, DC for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Cristela has a passion for advocacy, empowerment and building a more inclusive LGBT community. Cristela has served on the planning committee for the successful Women’s History Month celebration, Mujeres en el Movimiento and in Connecticut promoted affordable health care education and awareness.

Continuing board members include board president David M. Pérez of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); vice president Alexa Rodriguez of ¡Empodérate! Youth Center at La Clíncia del Pueblo; secretary Jose L. Plaza of Enroll America; LHP Founder and DC activist, Jose Gutierrez; May Sifuentes of Parenthood Federation of America, and  Jennifer Sanchez, veteran and Schedule C appointee for the Obama Administration.

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.

“I am excited to expand the history, education, and cultural projects with our past and new board members. The board along with the steering committees will make a great team to ensure that the Latino LGBTQ identity, leadership, and culture will be well represented in metropolitan Washington, D.C. community,”  Jesus Chavez, LHP Program Coordinator.

Please join the Latino LGBT History Project for our signature events in 2015:
-4th Annual Mujeres en el Movimiento in Celebration of Latina Leadership in April
-9th Annual DC Latino: La Platica Panel Discussion at HRC on June 4th & La Fiesta Dance Party at Town on June 11th
-10th Annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Awards in September

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

Contact: Jesus Chavez, LHP


Phone: 202.670.5547