HRC Marks National Hispanic Heritage Month

Through October 15, HRC will be recognizing National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Over the past several years, HRC has extended its reach to the Hispanic/Latinx community. While members of the LGBTQ community share much in common, it’s important to recognize the differences that shape our unique experiences.

The hub of HRC’s Hispanic/Latinx resources can be found at Being Latino/a & LGBTQ: An Introduction. There you can find links to HRC’s Spanish-language resources, including Guía de Recursos Para Salir Del Clóset and La Guía de Sexo Más Seguro. Our English-language resources, found on the same page, cover topics ranging from coming out to religion to youth.

Additionally, HRC’s A La Familia is a bilingual program promoting inclusion of LGBTQ people within communidades Latinas. It was created por comunidades Latinas, para comunidades Latinas, knowing that an effective conversation about LGBTQ inclusion must address faith. A La Familia fully engages faith and religion in a way that is both deeply respectful and theologically sound.

The horrific Orlando shooting at Pulse nightclub underscored the intersection of Hispanic/Latinx and LGBTQ community. The attack, which took 49 innocent lives, occurred during “La Noche Latina” and most of the victims were Latinx as well as LGBTQ.

Roxy Santiago, a volunteer at Orlando’s LGBTQ Center, spoke to HRC’s Equality Magazine about maintaining a dialogue between the LGBTQ and Latinx communities.

“We need to have more conversations, partner with each other at events and personally invite the Latinx community to our LGTBQ events. As Latinx, we are prone to socialize with other Latinx, to hold specifically Latin themed events,” she said. “But I also notice that most LGBTQ events are not held in communities known to be Latinx communities. Both sides will need to take steps to bring each other together — we owe it to the ones we lost and to the future children of America. The tragedy has brought people together from all backgrounds in support of the LGBTQ and Latinx communities. It has also created solidarity of love and support between the two. Together, we will be even more of a force to be reckoned with, when it comes to laws about equality, about our lives and who we love.”

HRC is committed to building and expanding our relationship with the Latinx community and working to address the challenges that they may face, including violence and harassment, language barriers and access, HIV and health inequity, and more.