When you are not able to be all of your full self, you can often feel like a prisoner in a cage. That has been and continues to be the experience for many LGBT Latinos.
Our Families is a community education campaign that raises the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people of color. By sharing our stories and experiences we are breaking down cages one at a time.
We spoke with and interviewed families from Latino, African American, and Asian and Pacific Islander communities.*
We all go through some of the same struggles: we struggle to access healthy food, quality education, and affordable healthcare. These struggles affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) families of color in very unique ways. This Our Families video features Latino/a families sharing their personal stories of struggle, acceptance, and family. To learn more about Our Families, click here.
“It’s like being in two borders,” says Jesus. “I feel like you’re in two borders, you know? One is because you’re undocumented and you’re Latino and one is because you’re gay.”
Our communities are strongest when all our families are safe, honored and respected. “If you really want to see your children happy, let them be who they want to be. Don’t try to force them to be someone they’re not,” explains Gisella.
We believe all our families have so much in common. Family is one of the most important things to all of us.
Melanie tells us how important family has been to her:
“My family’s support to me has been the keystone to my survival. Without them, I would have crumbled the first time people blew a feather at me to shatter me.”
Did you know that…
- 33% of straight Latino adults experienced alcoholism while 40% of gay identified Latinos experience alcoholism.
- The United American Families Act would allow same sex coupled immigrants to remain in the United States. There were an estimated 36,000 same-sex bi-national couples in 2000 who could benefit from the act.
It’s time to come out in support of all Our Families! Please join us!
If you would like to be a part of Our Families, share your story or learn more, click here.
*We understand that there are many LGBTQ communities and that not all have been represented in our videos. We wanted to be sure that the communities represented had meaningful representation within the campaign.