It’s time for us to talk about gay and lesbian Latinos.
|68%||of Latino Catholics believe that being gay is morally acceptable.|
Our community is evolving. The truth is that Latinos are gay and lesbian, too. This has always been true. Some of us don’t want to avoid this fact, but don’t know how to talk about it in a way that feels respectful.
This may be difficult to discuss because Latinos care deeply about family relationships and don’t want to risk “offending” anyone. Others — both gay and non-gay — may feel like they don’t know how to talk about it — what is “ok” to say? What is “not ok”?
Many people are afraid of the reactions of their families or friends if they find out that someone close to them is gay. Young people often fear outright rejection from their families and friends. However, avoiding the subject because it makes us uncomfortable weakens Latino families by weakening our family ties.
Many Latinos are gay or lesbian — or know gay people. They are our aunts and uncles, our cousins, our nieces and nephews, and our children and grandchildren. They are our neighbors and people with whom we work and go to church. Sometimes, they are friends we care about deeply.
Ignoring this truth can harm our families by creating division, anger, and resentment instead of respect, harmony, and acceptance. This can also isolate Latino family members from one another, increasing the risk of unhealthy behavior and making it difficult to care for one another.
This web site is designed to help us have these conversations — respectfully. Latino to Latino.
Because, in the Latino community, we don’t turn our backs on our families.