Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism (Paperback)

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Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism By Uriel Quesada (Editor), Letitia Gomez (Editor), Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (Editor) Cover Image
By Uriel Quesada (Editor), Letitia Gomez (Editor), Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (Editor)
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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.

About the Author

URIEL QUESADA is associate dean of the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, an associate professor of Spanish, and director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University New Orleans.

LETITIA GOMEZ has been a Latina lesbian activist for over thirty years. She was a cofounder and an executive director of LLEGÓ, the first national Latina/o LGBT organization.

SALVADOR VIDAL-ORTIZ is an associate professor of sociology at American University, where he also teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Praise For…

"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 Guardian

"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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781477307304
ISBN-10: 1477307303
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English