By David Webb Staff Writer

Speakers series to feature prominent Latino officials, radio personality

2007 Valiente officers: Standing: Secretary Ben Leal, left, and Treasurer Rey Franco. Sitting: President Fernie Sanchez and Vice President Jerry Martinez.

The second annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration sponsored by Valiente will include an art show, poetry slam and speaker series featuring prominent North Texas Latino officials.

The celebration will kick off Sept. 15 and run through Oct. 18.

Fernie Sanchez, president of Valiente, Dallas-Fort Worth’s largest LGBT Latino group, noted the mission of the organization is to increase the visibility and acceptance of gay Latinos within the Hispanic culture.

“Promoting Latino LGBT-related events during Hispanic Heritage Month provides us with a wonderful opportunity to help us achieve this objective,” Sanchez said.

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Texas State Rep. Rafael Anchia will headline the speaker series. Valdez will talk about Latinos in government, and Anchia will discuss the need for Latinos to become more active in politics.

Valdez is scheduled to speak at Woody’s on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Anchia is scheduled to speak at the John Thomas Gay and Lesbian Community Center on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Jesse Garcia, Valiente’s social and cultural committee chair and coordinator of the celebration, said he wants to place emphasis on Latino artists.

“We are calling out for [people who draw], sculptors, photographers, painters and poets who want to feature their work at our shows,” Garcia said. “This is an opportunity to give great local LGBT artists a spotlight.”

A poetry slam will be held at Youth First Texas on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. It will feature local poets reading their original work and poetry readings of other U.S. Hispanic and Latin American artists.

Noche De Bohemia Art Show will be held at the Ice House Cultural Center on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.

Claudia Torrescano, a Univision radio personality, will conclude the speaker series with a talk about media coverage of Latinos and the growth of Hispanic media in the U.S. at the John Thomas Gay and Lesbian Community Center on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Valiente will participate in the Alan Ross Freedom Parade on Sept. 16 and in the AIDS Arms LifeWalk on Oct. 14.

For more information visit Contact Garcia at or 214-500-7066 for information about artists’ participation in the celebration. The deadline is Aug. 24.


This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 3, 2007 сопровождение сайта включаетонлайн проверка оптимизации сайта