The SF LGBT Center is excited to partner with Aguilas, Queer Cultural Center, and QWOCMAP to produce our first Queer Latinx History Month programming. See below for a calendar, marking a person or cultural learning for each day of the month. We are also hosting a series of events throughout the month featuring art, film, music, and dance. Full listing of events here.

Latinx Heritage Month started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. In 1988, it expanded to a month-long observation starting September 15 and continuing through October 15. During the month, we highlight and honor the contributions of Americans of Mexican, Spanish, Caribbean, and Central and South American descent in all aspects of American life. The mid-September start date honors the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, while Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and 18, respectively.

Queer Latinx History Month Innovators & Traditions:

September 15:  Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua |BIO | MORE CONTENT
September 16:  Pedro Lemebel | BIO | MORE CONTENT
September 17:  Amaranta Gómez Regalado| BIO | MORE CONTENT
September 18:  Afro-Chilenos |INFO| MORE CONTENT
September 19:  Chavela Vargas | BIO | MORE CONTENT
September 20:  Julio Salgado | BIO | MORE CONTENT
September 21:  Latinx Youth in U.S. Schools |INFO| MORE CONTENT
September 22:  Traditional Ecuadorean Dances | INFO| MORE CONTENT
September 23:  Afro-Ecuador | INFO| MORE CONTENT
September 24:  Erick Alexander Martínez Ávila |INFO| MORE CONTENT
September 25:  Carmen Muñoz | BIO | MORE CONTENT
September 26:  Traditional Argentinian Dances | INFO| MORE CONTENT
September 27:  Carlos Jáuregui |BIO| MORE CONTENT
September 28:  Afro-Paraguay | INFO| MORE CONTENT
September 29:  Queer Paraguay| INFO| MORE CONTENT
September 30:  Afro-Uruguayan Dance |INFO| MORE CONTENT
       October 1:  Michelle Suárez Bértora | BIO | MORE CONTENT
       October 2:  Claudia López Hernández | BIO | MORE CONTENT
       October 3:  Mariela Castro | BIO | MORE CONTENT
       October 4:  Juan Gabriel | BIO | MORE CONTENT
       October 5:  Frida Kahlo | BIO | MORE CONTENT
       October 6:  Sylvia Rivera | BIO | MORE CONTENT
       October 7:  Chilean Dance| INFO| MORE CONTENT
       October 8:  Afro-Panamanians | INFO | MORE CONTENT
       October 9:  Charlot Jeudy | BIO | MORE CONTENT
     October 10:  Francis Taylor | BIO | MORE CONTENT
     October 11:  Bamby Salcedo | BIO | MORE CONTENT
     October 12:  Bolivian Dance | INFO | MORE CONTENT
     October 13:  Afro-Argentinos | INFO | MORE CONTENT
     October 14:  Leonardo Sanchez| BIO | MORE CONTENT
     October 15:  Nelson Gandulla Díaz | BIO | MORE CONTENT

“Too often, we view history as static; a set of facts to be observed rather than celebrated; ideas that have been memorialized rather than tools for constructing a better present. As a result, history is sometimes devalued, especially in regards to marginalized communities, and it ultimately works to the detriment of us all. This is why Latinx Heritage Month is so important […]. Daily stories featuring images of Latinx immigrants being brutalized, accompanied by racist rhetoric from the highest echelons of power, are that much more damaging when we deprive our society of the knowledge of all the amazing historical contributions of people from the Latinx diaspora. Not just education, but celebration of these contributions is key to dispelling the myths that are fueling attacks on Latinx people, as well as empowering the community to continue positively shaping our society in spite of the oppression.” Yvette Alex-Assensoh

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