Three weeks ago, I attended the 25th annual Creating Change Conference as part of a delegation from the University of Pennsylvania’s LGBT center. The conference is organized by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and is one of the largest gatherings of LGBTQ*activists in the United States, with an attendance of over 3,000.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of their first ever Latino Institute — a full day of workshops focusing specifically on the intersection between a Latin@ and queer identity. Lead organizers of the institute included Francisco Dueñas, Proyecto Igualdad Coordinator for Lambda Legal, Marco Castro-Bojorquez,Community Educator for Lambda Legal, and David Pérez, Director of Development for LULAC and President of the Latino GLBT History Project.
One of the biggest lessons of the day was the diversity within our community, and the resulting variety of challenges we face.