Sourced from Jose Gutierrez, founder, Latino GLBT History Project
The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit volunteer-led organization founded in April 2000 and incorporated in May 2007 to respond to the critical need to preserve Latinx LGBTQ History and promote tolerance and acceptance of the community by the public.
In 1993, Jose Gutierrez started collecting historic artifacts and accounts of the DC Latinx LGBTQ community and groups including posters, photos, flyers, banners, t-shirts, articles, memorabilia and important documents of the first local DC Latinx LGBTQ group "ENLACE" and the national group the "National Latina/o, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organization, LLEGO".
The historic collections range back to the mid 1980's and consist of pieces from notable LGBTQ organizations and groups such as GELAAM, Platiquemos, Latinos en Accion, Empoderate! of La clinica del Pueblo, and Unidos. The original collections also include materials of Latino bars, restaurants, leaders, divas, DC Latino personalities, etc.
In April 2000 during the Millennium National March in Washington, DC Jose Gutierrez organized the first historic exhibit on the DC Latino LGBTQ community at Club CHAOS (1633 17th St. NW) entitled "Caminante no hay camino, se hace el camino al andar" -Antonio Machado.
This first exhibit was a pop up event which spanned eight hours and attracted 200 people. The first event was sponsored by Club CHAOS and Gente Latina de Ambiente (GELAAM). In response to the critical need to preserve and educate the public about the history of the Latinx LGBTQ community in Washington, DC, Jose Gutierrez invited Paul Scott and Juan Noboa to his apartment in Dupont Circle in 2006 to organize and begin the founding process of the Latino GBT History Project.
The first organized meetings of the Latino GBT History Project were at the Cyber Stop Cafe in 17th and P Streets, and would later migrate to the DC Center. In May 2007 the group was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 group in Washington, DC.