LET’S TALK ABOUT PUERTO RICO
By Vic Gerami
Puerto Ricans in Action, the ONE Archives Foundation, and Latino Equality Alliance present a panel to discuss Puerto Rican LGBTQIA+ community and history. The event is slated for Saturday, May 25, 12-3PM at Mi Centro, 553 South Clarence Street, Los Angeles, 90033.
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.
Saturday’s event will feature live music, food, and host notable speakers discussing various topics pertaining to the Puerto Rican community. The speakers include 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.
Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro is an award-winning Afro lesbian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and feminist activist from Puerto Rico.
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.
Enjoy live music, Puerto Rican food from the Triple Threat Truck, Los Angeles’ only Puerto Rican food truck, and complimentary Puerto Rican desserts and coffee from Sweedith Bakes. A host of community resources will be offered to take, and archival reproductions of LGBTQIA+ Puerto Rican history from ONE Archives at the USC Libraries will be available to view.
ABOUT PUERTO RICANS IN ACTION
Puerto Ricans in Action formed in 2016 during protests against U.S. Senate Bill 2328, PROMESA. Our goals quickly then became to unify our community, make us locally and nationally visible, and establish a Puerto Rican Cultural Resource Center. We strive to be the central organizers in the Los Angeles region for our community.
A fiscally sponsored 501c(3), PRiA’s mission is to ensure the vibrant future of the Puerto Rican people by strengthening Puerto Rican identity, communities, and connection with Puerto Rico. Our goals are to be the central organizer for the Puerto Rican community in Los Angeles and to ensure everyone on the island has access to clean drinking water.
For more information, please visit PuertoRicansInAction.com