I was born and raised in Merida, Yucatan, in the Southeast of Mexico. In high school I studied French in Lyon, France, and at age 18 I moved to Cholula, Puebla to attend university. I majored in International Relations at the Universidad de las Americas Puebla.
Since I came out as gay I became interested in LGBT international movements: learning about LGBT people and their problems, needs, strengths, and contributions, and enhancing the community. I am convinced of the media’s power and its capacity to fight discrimination and advance goals.
During my time in college I participated in the school’s newspaper, the student’s radio station, and public relations for events. I was also in the LGBT students association, the first of its kind in a private school in Mexico. I spent two summers interning in New York: at the New York State Division of Human Right’s Office of External Relations, and at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s Department of Development.
I now live in Mexico City where I have worked as a blogger, editor, and writer on LGBT issues for different media: online news agencies, magazines, radio shows, online television and a production company such as Boomdog Films, Chilango, E! Entertainment Television as a correspondent for E! Latin News and consultant for La Sopa, Milenio Semanal and Ohm magazines. I have collaborated with non-profit organizations and projects such as GLAAD’s Spanish-Language Media Department, the first theater production in Mexico of Moisés Kaufman’s The Laramie Project (a play inspired by the Matthew Shepard hate-crime), Mexico City’s International Festival for Sexual Diversity, a campaign by the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico’s Blog.
On my blog, www.enriquetorremolina.com, I publish articles, short posts and interviews on art, culture, media, and sexual diversity in Mexico and the world. And I am developing a television show pilot addressed primarily to a gay audience.