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.


All of us who are openly gay are living and writing the history of our movement. We are no more - and no less - heroic than the suffragists and abolitionists of the 19th century; and the labor organizers, Freedom Riders, Stonewall demonstrators, and environmentalists of the 20th century. We are ordinary people, living our lives, and trying as civil-rights activist Dorothy Cotton said, to ‘fix what ain’t right’ in our society.
— U.S. Senator, Tammy Baldwin

History

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.

Members of the Latino GLBT History Project Participate in the 24th Annual 17th Street High Heel Race  From left to right: Guillermo Miyano, Mark Lerner, Jose Gutierrez, Alonsso Lazaro, Juan Carlos Becerril, David Perez, Luciano Guzman, Jorge Aparicio, Jorge Soto, Juan Navarro, Kevin Grolton  October 26, 2010 on 17th Street, Dupont Circle

Members of the Latino GLBT History Project Participate in the 24th Annual 17th Street High Heel Race

From left to right: Guillermo Miyano, Mark Lerner, Jose Gutierrez, Alonsso Lazaro, Juan Carlos Becerril, David Perez, Luciano Guzman, Jorge Aparicio, Jorge Soto, Juan Navarro, Kevin Grolton

October 26, 2010 on 17th Street, Dupont Circle