In 2000, the Latinx History Project, formerly known as the Latino GLBT History Project, was founded to collect, preserve and share Latinx LQBTQ history. Since its inception, it has served as a force that builds community, spreads compassion and fights for equity within and for the Latinx LGBTQ community of Washington D.C.
Today, the Latinx History Project celebrates over twenty years of meaningful service to the community, and a major milestone as it launches new programs and the formation of a broader coalition of service to the Latinx LGBTQ community spanning the continental United States and various Latin American countries.
WHAT WE DO
LATINX EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
As states like Texas and Florida see more efforts to isolate, and criminalize valuable conversations and curriculum in schools on LGBTQ identity and acceptance, we know that the effort to educate our LGBTQ youth and those around them who can be supportive of their identities is life-saving work. We are currently working with national partners to develop presentations and lesson plans to educate community leaders, teachers, students, and parents on Latinx LGBTQ community history and identities to promote acceptance and help the next generation of Latinx LGBTQ youth find self-acceptance and awareness.
COMMUNITY EVENTS & CAMPAIGNS
Space for the Latinx LGBTQ community has always been something that the Latinx History Project prides itself in building. Over the years, thousands of community members have engaged with our campaigns around AIDS awareness and now COVID-19. Many community members have also attended our educational events and social gathers. We are a pillar in the D.C. Latinx community, and have seen our events and campaigns reach global audiences as the COVID-19 pandemic pushed us to adopt virtual alternatives to community engagement.
COALITION BUILDING & AID WORK
Strategically located in Washington D.C., the Latinx History Project has always been a connecting point for our fellow Latinx LGBTQ organizations. While we are a small grassroots organization ourselves, we have stepped up to answer the calls for help from our community in times of need. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have raised over $150,000 to help support local Latinx LGBTQ organizations across the U.S. and abroad. These funds have gone towards feeding, housing, and providing financial relief to those most vulnerable among us - specifically those in our community who are undocumented.
From these efforts, we envision a broader coalition of Latinx LGBTQ-serving organizations that can work together to serve our community.
JOSÉ IGNACIO GAONA
Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships