Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca

The Gran Varones

LOUIE A. ORTIZ-FONSECA is an award winning HIV activist and Artist. He understands firsthand the impact of intersecting oppressions of racism, homophobia, poverty, and AIDS-phobia. These experiences inspire his commitment to document the lives and oral history of Latinx & Afro-Latnix gay, trans, bisexual and queer men through his project The Gran Varones. Louie resides in Washington, DC with his son where he the Director of LGBTQ Health & Rights for Advocates for Youth.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

The Most Beautifullest Thing* in the World: Celebrating Blackness* in Latinx Communities

Anti-Blackness is global and none of us are exempt, especially those of us in Latinx Communities. Many of the ways that we connect and build community are rooted in anti-blackness. This interactive workshop and discussion will explore all the ways we can disrupt the narratives that we have been socialized to believe and begin to identify ways we can elevate, center and celebrate Blackness in Latinx communities.

Speakers: Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca, Alexander Velez