LGBT Latinos will get some television face time tomorrow morning. SuperLatina host Gabriela Natale e-mailed to remind that her episode, “Latino and Gay: Stories from a Minority within a Minority,” airs tomorrow at 8 a.m. on Telemundo 39. She does a lot more than talk to youth as mentioned in my previous post about this. She broke down how tomorrow’s show will play out:
Last night during the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce’s Pride Dinner at the Warwick Melrose Hotel, keynote speaker Cleve Jones issued a challenge: If you can’t make it to the National Equality March in October, send someone in your place.
Shortly after Jones concluded his remarks, six chamber members and/or Pride dinner attendees responded, with each agreeing to pay for one of the local LGBT youth on hand to go to Washington. The six beneficiaries from Youth First Texas, shown after the dinner, are Will Mason, Chris Lopez, Victor Rodriguez, Steven Richmond, John McKnight and Hai Duong. They are pictured along with chamber member Jay Forte, far right.
Sending the youth to D.C. reportedly was the idea of longtime lesbian activists Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong, who conceived it during the dinner and will be sponsoring one of the youth. Afterward, Young noted that many of Dallas’ pioneering activists, including Bill Nelson and Don Baker, attended the first gay-rights march on Washington in 1979.
“I think it’s so important for the next generation of activists to have some of the experiences that have sustained us,” Young said. “These things [marches] are very energizing.”
UPDATE: According to Chamber President and CEO Tony Vedda, the others who agreed to send a youth to D.C. were Cordey Lash, Derrick Brown, Mark Reed (2) and Jonathan Palant.
Can’t say I have much more info on this but Jesse Garcia just posted this to his Facebook:
at the Resource Center Dallas, waiting on Youth First Texas students and Telemundo media to film segment on the bullying of LGBT children in the schools.
He posted “about an hour ago,” which would have put it at around 6:09 p.m. I’m thinking, if they are about film, that might just be enough time to edit and package it up for tonight’s newscast on channel 39.
UPDATE: Turns out, Telemundo wasn’t filming for a news segment at all. Garcia was involved in coordinating youth to be interviewed by talk show host Gabriela Natale. She hosts “Super Latina” which airs every Wednesday morning. The segment will be part of Natale’s episode on the struggles of LGBT youth in which six locals discussed coming out experiences, thoughts of suicide and young life in general.
Sounds like Natale supports the community beyond this one episode. According to Garcia, she hopes to make the Pride parade and has agreed to work with Garcia on future stories regarding the Latino and LGBT communities.