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Let's Talk About Puerto Rico LGBTQIA+ Community and History

  • Mi Centro 553 South Clarence Street Los Angeles, CA, 90033 United States (map)

Happening Saturday, May 25th from 12–3pm at Mi Centro: Let’s Talk About Puerto Rico: LGBTQIA+ Community & History! To RSVP for this event, please visit the link in our bio!
Puerto Ricans in Action, the ONE Archives Foundation, and Latino Equality Alliance proudly present this event, which features live music, food, and a variety of speakers that will talk about Puerto Rican LGBTQIA+ community and history! Let's Talk About Puerto Rico began in September 2018 as a traveling lecture series that covers Puerto Rican art, music, history and current affairs and an opportunity to build community with Puerto Ricans in the greater Los Angeles area. Enjoy live music from @damnzum, food from @triplethreattrk, complimentary Puerto Rican desserts and coffee from @sweedithbakes, and a host of community resources! To learn more about our distinguished speakers, please visit the link in our bio!
Let’s Talk About Puerto Rico: LGBTQIA+ Community & History is organized by Puerto Ricans in Action, the ONE Archives Foundation, and Latino Equality Alliance.


About the Speakers

Alberto J. Valentin Camacho, Esq. is the Executive Director of the Governor of Puerto Rico’s Advisory Council on LGBTT Affairs and the Deputy Director for the Legislative Advisors to the Governor of Puerto Rico. Alberto has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico, with a concentration in International Policy and Processes from the European Union of the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has a Juris Doctor from the Law School of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and was admitted for the legal practice in Puerto Rico in 2015. Recently Alberto is finishing his LLM (Master in Law) in Environmental Law and Climate Change, from the Law School of the University of Vermont.




Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro is an award-winning Afro lesbian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and feminist activist from Puerto Rico; she addresses both racial and gender issues, and sexual identity in her combative, non-conformist, and creative works. She offers lectures about Afro-atheism, decolonial feminism, LGBTTQ issues and how to be an atheist and a black woman in today’s society. She is also the Director of the Department of Afro-Puerto Rican Studies, a performative project of Creative Writing based in San Juan and has founded the Chair of Ancestral Black Women to respond to the invitation promulgated by UNESCO to celebrate the International Decade of Afro- Descendants 2015−2024. Her book Las Negras, winner of the PEN Club Puerto Rico National Short Story Award in 2013, explores the limits of female characters during the slavery period that challenged hierarchies of power. She also won the Prize of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in 2015 and 2012, and the National Prize of the Institute of Puerto Rican Literature in 2008. She has been translated into German, French, Italian, English, Portuguese and Hungarian.



Dr. Wilfred W. Labiosa is a co-founder & Executive Director of the nonprofit Waves Ahead, which is dedicated to working with marginalized and vulnerable sectors of Puerto Rican society—LGBTQ folks, seniors, and people experiencing homelessness—reestablish and strengthen their communities. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, a master’s certificate in non-profit management from Suffolk University, and completed his internship in the Department of Psychiatry of Children’s Hospital, Boston. He has held numerous executive positions in nonprofit organizations and has been working in the public health field for over 25 years with marginalized communities focusing in Latinos, HIV/AIDS prevention and interventions, mental health, LGBTTQ community, and those in recovery from substance abuse or alcohol.





Erik Adamian and Nick Bihr are team members of the Education department at the ONE Archives Foundation, the oldest continuously operating LGBTQ organization in the United States. They have presented at workshops and conferences on the importance of LGBTQ history and culture in K–12 education. Erik and Nick work on a variety of education initiatives at the ONE Archives Foundation.






Later Event: May 25
Let's Talk About Puerto Rico