Monday marks National Coming Out Day — an annual awareness day aimed at supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
What does the awareness day mean for leaders in the Latino LGBTQ community?
For Julio Rodriguez, the co-founder and board president of Association of Latino/as/x Motivating Action, it’s an opportunity to bring visibility to how expansive the community is.
“It’s about really expanding the definition of who is in that community and particular, the Latinx community and contributions — things that we think are oftentimes not noted in history around the accomplishments,” Rodriguez said.
David Ernesto Munar, the president and CEO of Howard Brown Health, said the day should remind people not to lean on stereotypes and prejudices about the LGBTQ community.
“It’s taking action to say, these are real human beings — and real human beings in your family, in your workplace, in your community and we deserve rights, visibility and respect,” Munar said.