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Latino GLBT History Project Honors D.C. Latino Leaders

Group at Latino GLBT History Project Awards

Exhibit features 90 LGBTQ Latino leaders

The 9th Annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Awards celebrates Hispanic Heritage and LGBTQ History months on Friday, September 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum with an awards ceremony and a wine reception with appetizers, entertainment, and networking opportunities with 100 of D.C.’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, Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) will commemorate five years of Héroes Latinos LGBTQ with a digital showcase of 90 commissioned black and white photographs collected from the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community since 2009 and unveil a select traveling poster exhibit to educate the public in D.C. 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 D.C. 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.

The 9th Annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Awards takes place Friday, September 12 at the Human Rights Campaign located at 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets for the awards ceremony may be purchased at $30 General Admission, $60 Host Committee; $150 Madrina/ Padrino Hosts.