Queer Brown Voices
Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism
272 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.80 in
Sales Date: September 1, 2015
In the last three decades of the twentieth century, LGBT Latinas/os faced several forms of discrimination. The greater Latino community did not often accept sexual minorities, and the mainstream LGBT movement expected everyone, regardless of their ethnic and racial background, to adhere to a specific set of priorities so as to accommodate a “unified” agenda. To disrupt the cycle of sexism, racism, and homophobia that they experienced, LGBT Latinas/os organized themselves on local, state, and national levels, forming communities in which they could fight for equal rights while simultaneously staying true to both their ethnic and sexual identities. Yet histories of LGBT activism in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s often reduce the role that Latinas/os played, resulting in misinformation, or ignore their work entirely, erasing them from history.
Queer Brown Voices is the first book published to counter this trend, documenting the efforts of some of these LGBT Latina/o activists. Comprising essays and oral history interviews that present the experiences of fourteen activists across the United States and in Puerto Rico, the book offers a new perspective on the history of LGBT mobilization and activism. The activists discuss subjects that shed light not only on the organizations they helped to create and operate, but also on their broad-ranging experiences of being racialized and discriminated against, fighting for access to health care during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and struggling for awareness.
"A major contribution to feminist and queer Latin@ activist thinking. It will be a very pleasurable text to teach in courses ranging from queer theory, to introduction to LGBT studies, to introduction to Latino studies."~Carlos Ulises Decena, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, and author of Tacit Subjects: Belonging and Same-Sex Desire among Dominican Immigrant Men
"These narratives are powerful expressions of the experiences of lesbians, gay men, and trans activists from a variety of Latina/o communities. This history exists nowhere else."~Marcia M. Gallo, Assistant Professor of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement
"While Queer Brown Voices is likely to become a seminal text in college and university queer studies programs, its conversational tone makes it compelling for a general reader as well."
"The creation of Queer Brown Voices is itself a kind of activism; it renders visible the challenges faced by Latina/o queer communities in decades past as well as their robust efforts to pave the way for a more just future."~Texas Observer
"Filled with insights."~Bitch Media
"Queer Brown Voices is a unique book that does a good job in documenting Latina/o LGBT experiences with grassroots organizations, local, state, and federally funded programs. This book is recommended if you are interested in learning about the 1980s, and 1990s organizing and issues faced by LGBT Latina/o activists."~QED Journal
- Preface by Letitia Gomez
- Introduction. Brown Writing Queer: A Composite of Latina/o LGBT Activism, by Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
- Luz Guerra. Dancing at the Crossroads: Mulata, Mestiza, Macha, Mujer
- Dennis Medina. We Are a Part of the History of Texas That You Must Not Exclude!
- Jesús Cháirez. From the Closet to LGBT Radio Host in Dallas
- Laura M. Esquivel. An East L.A. Warrior Who Bridged the Latina/o and the Gay Worlds
- Brad Veloz. A South Texas Activist in Washington, D.C., Houston, and San Antonio
- David Acosta. The Boy in Fear Who Became a Latino/a LGBT Advocate in Philadelphia
- Letitia Gomez. No te rajes—Don’t Back Down! Daring to Be Out and Visible
- Mona Noriega. Creating Spaces to Break the Circle of Silence and Denial
- Gloria A. Ramirez. The Queer Roots of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas
- Moisés Agosto-Rosario. Latinas/os and the AIDS Treatment Advocacy Movement
- José Gutiérrez. We Must Preserve Our Latina/o LGBT History
- Olga Orraca Paredes. All the Identities on the Table: Power, Feminism, and LGBT Activism in Puerto Rico
- Wilfred W. Labiosa. Visibility, Inclusivity, and the Fight for LGBT Rights in New England
- Adela Vásquez. Finding a Home in Transgender Activism in San Francisco
- Conclusion by Uriel Quesada