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Queer brown voices : personal narratives of Latina/o LGBT activism

Author: Uriel Quesada; Letitia Gomez; Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Uriel Quesada; Letitia Gomez; Salvador Vidal-Ortiz
ISBN: 9781477302323 1477302328 9781477307304 1477307303
OCLC Number: 899113768
Description: xviii, 238 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Brown writing queer : a composite of Latina/o LGBT activism / Salvador Vidal-Ortiz --
Dancing at the crossroads : mulata, mestiza, macha, mujer / Luz Guerra --
We are a part of the history of Texas that you must not exclude! / Dennis Medina --
From the closet to LGBT radio host in Dallas / Jesús Cháirez --
An East L.A. warrior who bridged the Latina/o and the gay worlds / Laura M. Esquivel --
A South Texas activist in Washington, D.C., Houston, and San Antonio / Brad Veloz --
The boy in fear who became a Latino/a LGBT advocate in Philadelphia / David Acosta --
No te rajes : don't back down! Daring to be out and visible / Letitia Gomez --
Creating spaces to break the circle of silence and denial / Mona Noriega --
The queer roots of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas / Gloria A. Ramirez --
Latinas/os and the AIDS treatment advocacy movement / Moisés Agosto-Rosario --
We must preserve our Latina/o LGBT history / José Gutiérrez --
All the identities on the table : power, feminism, and LGBT activism in Puerto Rico / Olga Orraca Paredes --
Visibility, inclusivity, and the fight for LGBT rights in New England / Wilfred W. Labiosa --
Finding a home in transgender activism in San Francisco / Aleda Vázquez --
Conclusion / Uriel Quesada.
Responsibility: edited by Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz.

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"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."--Page 4 of cover.

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"Filled with insights." * Bitch Media * "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 Read more...

 
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