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Links for Oregon Latinx LGBTQ History

Edited by George T. Nicola
Last updated March 25, 2019

There are about 500,000 Latinx (a gender-neutral noun that includes both Latino and Latina) Oregonians. Many of them are LGBTQ. GLAPN has often recognized these individuals in various ways, but this section is an effort to get much of it on the same page.


Web pages

PDX Latinx Pride Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PDXlatinxpride/


Video

Our Families: LGBT Latino Stories


GLAPN's Latinx Queer Heroes

 

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Calvo Anyone who spends time exploring the Portland queer community will learn the name Laura Calvo. Her reputation for hard work and cool composure is well deserved. Laura’s public social justice career provides a role model for would-be activists everywhere. As an out Transgender woman … Read more …
Martinez David Martinez grew up in Eastern Oregon, and was the first member of his family to graduate from high school and college. He is a co-founder of Portland Latino Gay Pride, and is currently Outreach & Coordination Coordinator for Portland Community College Rock Creek. Read more …
Paul Southwick Paul Southwick spent two years in reparative therapy while he was a student at George Fox University. He is a co-founder of OneGeorgeFox, an organization of LGBTQ and allied students and alumni, which addresses issues of faith and sexuality. Read more …
Alec Esquivel Alec Esquivel took the State of Oregon to court over insurance that denied benefits for transition-related health care. The settlement of Esquivel v. Oregon eased the burdens on trans people locally, and set a legal precedent nationwide. Read more …
Al Munguia Al Munguia is one of the original founders of Latino Gay Pride in Portland. His business is literally a model of equality for LGBTQ employees, and he represents Oregon on the state's Tourism Commission. Read more …
Jules Garza
Jules Garza is one of the most effective lesbian activists in Oregon. Read more …
Lopez Vasquez Edna Vasquez and Joachin Lopez demonstrate the power that music has to bridge cultural differences in the LGBTQ community. Read more …
Christian Baeff Christian Baeff, a native of Argentina, became the first LGBT Program Coordinator, of CAUSA, Oregon’s statewide Latino immigrant rights organization. Read more …
Castro Halseth Robin Castro and John Halseth are two of Portland's highest-profile LGBTQ advocates. Read more …
Gisella Contreras Gisella Contreras is a generous and dynamic presence in Portland's Latinx community. In 2011, she related her experiences in a Basic Rights Oregon video “Our Families: LGBT Latino Stories”. She courageously recounted how her family rejected her transition. In 2012, she graced the cover of PQ Monthly’s first ever issue. She often makes special appearances at colleges and radio shows to share her story. In 2016, Gisella was selected as Miss Trans Oregon. Read more …
ERnesto Dominguez Ernesto Dominguez, a gay cisgender Latino, has been out since he was 14, and has been an activist almost from the beginning. His work as Youth Technology Specialist at Cascade Aids Project got him national attention in 2011 for use of social media in outreach to young people of color, and his resumé includes work with Basic Rights Oregon and Planned Parenthood. Currently he is a student at Portland's Concordia University, a private, Lutheran, school, where he is the first out, gay, immigrant student body president the school’s history. Read more …
Carmen & Jensi Carmen Gutiérrez is a Central American from El Salvador. Jensi Albright is a North American from Maine. They met in Portland, Oregon in 2004, fell in love and began a decade-long battle for a permanent life together. They lobbied at every level; they married both in Washington and Oregon; and they worked with filmmaker Dan Sadowsky who made Love and Country, a documentary about their struggle to just have a life together. Read more …
Elaine Medina Elaina Medina is a proud queer Latinx woman, born in New Mexico. After earning her Master's degree, she took a lead position at SMYRC (Sexual Minorities Youth Resource Center). SMYRC and Bridge 13 have both grown in resource and capacity under Elaina’s leadership. The SMYRC space is now open 5 days a week and serves 30-40 youth a night. Bridge 13 has grown into a program of 2 incredible Community Educators and an Engagement and Education Specialist whose focus is completely work with youth in schools. Read more …
Adrian Larsen Sanchez Adrian Larsen Sanchezis a clinical psychologist who shares his practice, Portland Mental Health & Wellness, with his husband, Brad Larsen Sanchez, who is also a clinical psychologist. Adrian serves on the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center’s Diversity Committee, and works with a broad range of patients, including LGBTQ, people of color, and immigrant communities. Read more …
   

 

 

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