Originally published on BuzzFeed Longreads on September 29, 2013. In May, the Repertorio Español on Manhattan’s Upper East Side hosted a reading of Pablo García Gámez’s play Oscuro, de Noche. Set in Caracas, Venezuela, the play chronicles the circumstances surrounding the death of Kenny, a young man gunned down while riding his motorcycle. I’m seated next to García’s husband, Santiago Ortiz. Before the lights come down, 52-year-old García walks over from his director’s box to greet […]
By Von Diaz Originally posted on NPR’s Latino USA on December 28, 2012. After the 1959 revolution, being gay in Cuba was considered counter-revolutionary. LGBT Cubans were jailed and harassed because of their sexual identity. Hear from two lesbians who talk about their life on the island since the Revolution. Click here to listen to the full podcast.
By Von Diaz Originally posted on NPR’s Latino USA on June 22, 2012. For Vickie Cruz, coming out as a trans young woman in the 1960s meant learning to defend herself physically and emotionally. But with the support of her large Puerto Rican family, she used her experiences to help victims of sexual and domestic violence, earning her a Crime Victims Service Award this year from the U.S. Attorney General’s office. Click here to listen […]
By Von Diaz Originally posted on Feet in Two Worlds on February 13, 2012. Being young and undocumented can lead to complex and sometimes awkward situations. As DREAMer Angy Rivera explains in one of her videos, dating is a constant challenge when you can’t get into clubs that require a photo ID, or get to a date because you’re not allowed to drive a car. The DreamersAdrift collective has taken these themes and translated them […]
CLICK LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE RADIO BROADCAST Audio – Young Gay Immigrants in the US Originally published June 30, 2011 on The World Adrielle Grant recalls the day his mother kicked him out. That’s when she told me “‘you can’t live in this house, cuz I don’t want no gays in this house.’ Then she said she would kiss her mother’s grave if she if she knew I was gonna be gay.” Adrielle […]
By Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on April 4, 2011. President Obama’s decision to challenge the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) came as a shock to gay rights activists and conservative lawmakers alike. The full implications of this decision remain unclear, however, and gay immigrants have been on an emotional roller coaster as rights are granted one week and denied the next. Obama directed the Department of Justice […]
By: Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on January 7, 2010. Comprehensive immigration reform didn’t happen in 2010. The DREAM Act failed to get enough Senate votes in December, setting the tone for a challenging year ahead. Yet the Senate managed to provide a victory for gay rights. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the federal law barring homosexuals in the U.S. military from being open about their sexuality, was repealed. This landmark change […]
By: Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on December 29, 2010. In the midst of a 9.8 percent unemployment rate and the worst economic recession since the 1930s, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis took time to advocate for Latino LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered) rights. Last month, Solis was the spokeswoman for a Spanish-language version of Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project, called “Se Pone Mejor.” (She also made a version in English). The […]