Latinx LGBTQ artists call for #InclusiveScreens/#PantallaInclusiva

GLAAD recently collaborated with the following artists to advocate for visibility for lesbian, gay, queer, bisexual+, trans, and non-binary Latinx people on Spanish-language and English-language media as part of GLAAD's bilingual campaign, #InclusiveScreens/#PatallaInclusiva. Ten different artists representing diverse orientations, gender identities, and unique perspectives came together to promote more inclusive media. As individual pieces, each work reflects the changes that need to be made by Hollywood and Spanish-language media outlets today to be more inclusive of LGBTQ people and all their intersecting identities. The pieces are one part of #InclusiveScreens/#PantallaInclusiva, which also includes videos (like this one from Selenis Leyva, Ray Santiago and activist Victoria Arzú; others in English and Spanish by actress Sara Ramirez, & more to come), op-eds, and a petition that calls for more inclusion and a main character that is LGBTQ in a novela or serie on Spanish language television. Sign the petition now.

Adriana Kin Romero

Originally from Mexico, Adrianna Kin is a trans woman whose art often depicts Latinx activism. Through Instagram, Romero has recently begun sharing her other works that include queer Latinx culture alongside Catholicism. For this piece, Latina trans women of different backgrounds unite to call for more inclusion and better representation.


Instagram: @mikinesfera

Antonio Contreras

Born in Mexico, Antonio Contreras’ work as an out gay filmmaker, actor, and digital artist in the Bay Area often includes inspiration from his heritage. A certified capoeira instructor as well, Contreras is featured in a documentary titled Capoeira in our Lives. For this piece, Latino men with different expressions of their gender stand united against stereotypes.  

 Antonio Contreras Pantalla Inclusiva Inclusive Screens GLAAD PSA Campaign 2018

Instagram: @antonioeldeso

Dalila Mendez

Born in Los Angeles, Dalila Mendez’s critically acclaimed work centers her roots as a queer woman of Guatemalan and Salvadoran descent. An LA artist in residence, Mendez uses her grant to create and lead local workshops, often teaching others how the creative arts may be used for personal healing. For her contribution, Mendez showcases the diversity that exists within the queer Latinx community.

Instagram: @dalilapaola

Francis Mead

From California, Francis Mead is an out lesbian woman of Brazilian and Portuguese descent who runs her own creative business called Illustrated Truths. As an artist, Mead hopes her work may help liberate others from their social oppression and reconnect them with their heritage. In her piece, various lesbian couples are highlighted in order to address stereotypes in media.

Instagram: @girasoulll

Jose “Chucha” Marquez

From the Bay Area, Jose “Chucha” Marquez is a queer printmaker, digital artist, and social media enthusiast. As an activist, Marquez’s artwork is often inspired by past and current struggles for social justice within the context of gender, sexuality, and feminism. For his piece, Marquez reached out to his social media followers to find a model to represent bisexual Latino men.

Instagram: @la_chucha
Twitter: @chucha_marquez

Julio Salgado

An undocumented queer activist, Julio Salgado is the co-founder of and project manager for CultureStrike. Through his efforts, Salgado has been acknowledged by Time magazine and his visual art featured in many youth-led movements regarding equality for migrant people. For his contribution, Latino trans men bear various national flags to declare their existence as people from across the world.

Instagram: @juliosalgado83

Twitter: @julio1983


Karla Camacho

Born in Mexico, Karla Camacho is an openly queer migrant artist from Jalisco that is now located in Long Beach, CA. Attending Cal State-Long Beach, Camacho has been using her education to cross-over into ceramics; all the while, increasing her social networks. In fact, Camacho has shared the text on her piece was the result of conversations regarding bisexuality she has had with peers.

Instagram: @art_dekarla


Rommy Sobrado-Torrico

From Iquique, Chile, Rommy Sobrado-Torrico is a DACAmented, queer, trans (non-binary), Latinx artist and activist currently residing in New York. They have been involved in the (im)migrant rights movement for several years and infuse much of their work with personal/community experiences. For their contribution, they present non-binary Latinx people of various gender expressions to proclaim their presence.

Note: The following artist elected to not have their photo included

Instagram: @rommyyy123

Twitter: @romes_


Pamela Chavez

From Costa Rica, Pamela Chavez is an openly queer Latinx animator & illustrator that often finds inspiration from issues impacting her communities. For her piece, Chavez asked her wife’s brother that uses a wheelchair to model for the image. Chavez is working on a short animated film with Latino Public Broadcasting that follows a young child’s story as they emigrate from Costa Rica and face leaving loved family behind.

Instagram: @caracolcruzando


Wit López

Wit López is a Philadelphia-based disabled, gender non-conforming/non-binary trans artist of African American and Boricua descent. With two visual artists for parents, their talents include fiber art, painting, and performance; the latter of which includes Bomba, a form of Afro-Puerto Rican dance. For their contribution, they utilized textile art, hoping to call attention to the short screen time usually given to LGBTQ characters and the unfortunatley common trope, #BuryYourGays. Wit was profiled by Philly Mag last summer.

Instagram: @witnotwhit 


Follow the conversation, check out the artists’ other work and join the call for more inclusion by signing GLAAD's bilingual petition.