The 9th Annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Awards celebrates Hispanic Heritage and LGBTQ History months on Friday, September 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. with an awards ceremony and a wine reception with appetizers, entertainment, and networking opportunities with 100 of DC’s leading LGBTQ Latino leaders from national and local government, non-profit, and corporate sectors. This year’s honorees include Gabriela Garcia, Health Educator, NovaSalud with the Sophia Carrero Community Award; Ruben Gonzales, Chief Development Officer, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) with the Latino Leadership Award; and Lena Hernandez, Associate, D&P Creative Strategies with the Latina Leadership Award.
At this year’s reception, LHP will commemorate 5 years of Héroes Latinos LGBTQ with a digital showcase of 90 commissioned black and white photographs collected from the metropolitan Washington, DC community since 2009 and unveil a select traveling poster exhibit to educate the public in DC and beyond about the history and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Latino/a leaders. A preview of the Héroes Latinos LGBTQ poster exhibit will be on display in September and October in public spaces in metropolitan Washington, DC and the full digital exhibit will be featured in an online education campaign from September 15 to October 31, 2014 and is expected to draw more than 10,000 views. The exhibit features community leaders, activists, students, artists and professionals who work at the intersection of the Latino/a and LGBTQ communities in metropolitan Washington, D.C. to advance social justice, dialogue, and understanding among our residents. Their stories are those of empowerment and Latino/a pride. Their unique stories about life, love and the struggle to survive show real life examples of LGBTQ Latinos/as living and working in our nation’s capital
Tickets for the awards ceremony may be purchased at www.LatinoGLBTHistory.org/heritage: $30 General Admission, $60 Host Committee; $150 Madrina/ Padrino Hosts. For additional details or to become a sponsor contact LHP Program Coordinator Jesus Chavez at JChavez@LatinoGLBTHistory.org or (202) 670-5547. Event co-chairs are Joanna Cifredo, transgender community leader and blogger of FireBreathingTgirl.com and David M. Pérez, President of the Latino GLBT History Project.
Sponsors and hosts include: Platinum Sponsors: DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Gold Sponsors: Brother Help Thyself, DC Office of Human Rights, D&P Creative Strategies; Silver Sponsors: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Stonewall Kickball; Bronze Sponsors: Juan Alvarez, Joseph Macias & Elliot Dowling, Ben Francisco Maulbeck; Reception Host: Human Rights Campaign; Partners: ¡Empodérate! of La Clínica del Pueblo, Trans-Latina Coalition; Madrina & Padrino Hosts: Adam Luna, Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera & Lisa Emina Weiner-Mahfuz, Russell Roybal, Luis Torres & Thomas Nasvytis. Honorary Host Committee Members: Chris Allen, Nancy Cañas & Ana Gomez, Jose Gutierrez, Wil Gutierrez, Sergio Lopez, Paul Marengo, Michael Martinez, Jose Plaza, May Sifuentes, Jennifer Sanchez.
The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in April 2000 to investigate, collect, preserve and educate the public about the history, culture, heritage, arts, social and rich contributions of the Latino GLBT community in metropolitan Washington, D.C. To accomplish our mission, the LHP creates educational exhibits from our historical archives collection showcased at cultural events such as, a Women’s History Month Reception, a Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Reception and DC Latino Pride, educational presentations at local and national conferences, our InfórmateDC newsletter, and through our online virtual museum at www.LatinoGLBTHistory.org.