Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Latino GLBT History Project Announces 9th Annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Awards – Immigrant Roots: Paving the Way for Today  


The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) announced it will host its 9th Annual Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Awards Friday, September 12, honoring prominent LGBT Latinos and activists for their steadfast commitment to advancing equality. The event, which purposefully coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month, will feature a bilingual digital historical exhibition that captures the multifaceted contributions and historical legacy of the Latino LGBT community in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Each year, LHP, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and educating the public about the undeniable impact of the Washington, D.C. Latino LGBT community, gathers 100 of the most prominent members of the Latino LGBT community and allies in the public and private sector for this event.  LHP will honor three outstanding community leaders including Gabriela Garcia, Health Educator, NovaSalud, Ruben J. Gonzales, Chief Development Office for United Cerebral Palsy and Lena Hernandez, an Associate with D&P Creative Strategies.

The theme of this year’s event, Immigrant Roots: Paving the Way for Today, encompasses LHP’s activism and mission and places a particular emphasis on examining and honoring the contributions of LGBT immigrants.

LHP will also unveil its stunning digital collection of black and white photographs celebrating “Héroes Latinos LGBTQ,” during the awards ceremony. The exhibition by Kevin Kenner captures the diversity and richness of the LGBT community through a photo series of 90 LGBTQ community members, accompanied by their brief biographies.

The event and its many sponsors including the D.C. Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Brother Help Thyself, and LULAC will give guests the unique opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of LHP while interacting with and learning from other dedicated community leaders.