Important Hispanic LGBTQ+ Figures You Should Be Aware Of

Top left: Jennicet Gutiérrez/Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images; Bottom left: Sylvia Rivera/Commons.Wikimedia.Org; Middle: Dennis deLeon/Theo Wargo/Getty Images; Top right: Ricky Martin/Mike Windle/Getty Images For Iheartmedia; Bottom right: Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua/Pax Ahimsa Gethen At Commons

Pride month may be celebrated in June, but it’s essential to acknowledge those who have advocated for LGBTQ+ rights year-round. Let’s take a moment to recognize individuals who have tirelessly championed inclusion for both the Hispanic and LGBTQ+ communities. Here are five trailblazers you should know:

Sylvia Rivera: Dubbed the “Rosa Parks of the modern transgender movement,” Sylvia Rivera was a prominent American gay liberation and transgender rights activist. Alongside Marsha P. Johnson, she co-founded the STAR group, dedicated to supporting homeless LGBTQ+ youth and trans women.

Dennis deLeon: A leading human rights activist and HIV/AIDS advocate, Dennis deLeon played a pivotal role during the AIDS crisis within the Hispanic community. As president of the Latino Commission on AIDS, he spearheaded efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and provide critical support to Latino communities.

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa: An esteemed writer and scholar, Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa made significant contributions to Chicana feminism and queer theory. Her work, including the influential anthology “This Bridge Called My Back,” explored themes of cultural marginalization and intersectional identity.

Ricky Martin: Beyond his musical success, Ricky Martin is a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion. As one of the first mainstream Latin artists to come out, he has used his platform to advance LGBTQ+ rights and representation, co-founding initiatives like the Hispanic Federation’s ACT program.

Jennicet Gutiérrez: An activist for transgender and immigrant rights, Jennicet Gutiérrez gained national attention for her advocacy efforts. As a founding member of La Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, she works to achieve equity and safety for LGBTQ+ immigrants of color.

These individuals have made lasting impacts on both the Hispanic and LGBTQ+ communities, paving the way for progress and fostering greater understanding and acceptance.

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