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Artists Paint Street Murals To Elevate Dominican Culture
Art is a form of expressing feelings, values, and knowledge.
By Rochelle Baez

“Muralizando RD” (Muralizing DR) is a project initiated by the non-profit foundation “Yo Amo RD” (I Love DR). The initiative brings artists together to tour different cities in the Dominican Republic and transform public spaces by painting murals representing positive values of Dominican identity.

Let’s help Cristian ( @roslips ) get some recognition for their  meme-ing!!

Follow them on twitter @crisbetances ~ you can retweet the tweet I made (link here @natalyakuata on twitter)

or you can make a tweet like mine with the article talking about their creation and “@” latino news outlets (like Univision, theFlama) or even Ellen degeneres lol

article link: http://www.dailydot.com/lol/cries-in-spanish-soraya-montenegro-meme/

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7 Truly Inspiring Transgender Latinas
These hardworking women are changing the game.

1 Carmen Carrera    

Known for her stint on season 3 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” this Puerto Rican-Peruvian model has proven she’s much more than just a pretty face. Over 48,000 people signed a campaign requesting Carmen Carrera as a model in the Victoria Secret Fashion show, which would have made her the first transgender model to walk down their runway.

While Carrera unfortunately didn’t receive the chance to rock the coveted angel wings, the model is signed with Elite Model Management, one of the top modeling agencies in the world. When Carrera isn’t modeling, she is an adamant activist for trans people, AIDS awareness, and eliminating the words “she-male” and “tranny” from society’s vocabulary.

2 Ruby Jade Corado    

Born and raised in El Salvador, Ruby Jade Corado has devoted her life to ensuring the protection of Latino LGBTQ communities. She is the founder of Casa Ruby, the first and only bilingual, multicultural safe space for LGBTQ individuals in Washington D.C.. The non-profit provides hot meals, clothing exchanges, support groups, emergency housing referrals, and legal service counseling (criminal and immigration). Corado has also helped create countless other organizations, such as the D.C. Trans Coalition, Latin@s en Accion, and “Creando Espacios,” sponsored by La Clínica del Pueblo.

3 Bamby Salcedo    

When Bamby Salcedo noticed the growing need for health care services for transgender people in Los Angeles, she founded Angels of Change, an opportunity for gender non-conforming youth to develop self-presentation skills in a safe space.

She is the first trans Latina to have her life story highlighted in a documentary “Transvisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story,”. “Transvisible” recounts Salcedo’s history with police brutality, family rejection, religious prejudice, and prison violence in her native Guadalajara, Mexico and United States, as well as her successes as an internationally renowned trans Latina activist. In addition to her work with Angels of Change, she is also the co-founder of TransLivesMatter National Day of Action and a member of the TransLatin@Coalition.

4 Raffi Freedman-Gurspan    

As Policy Advisor of the Race and Economics Initiative at the National Center for Transgender Equality, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan works with trans people of color communities, people in situations of poverty, and immigration reform. Adopted from Honduras but raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, she is the former Legislative Director for the Massachusetts House of Representatives where she worked on cases such as the banning of conversion therapy on minors. She has also worked as an LGBT Liaison in Somerville, Massachusetts and for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition.

5 Raquel Sapien    

Raquel Sapien initially went to get tested for HIV at the health department in order to get a break from her stay at the county jail, where she was being held for her involvement with sex work. It was in this instance, she was informed that she was HIV positive. Today, Sapien is Executive Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health and featured on CDC’s “Let’s Stop HIV Together” campaign in a Spanish-speaking video.

6 Lorena Borjas    

Lorena Borjas noticed the blatant police brutality that her fellow trans women were facing in her neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. As a result, this Mexican activist founded the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, a volunteer-run fund to cover bail for LGBTQ people who are arrested by the New York City Police Department and immigration services. Outside of this, she works to connect Trans Latinas with immigration, legal, medical, and gender-affirming services in the city. She is also an active advocate for HIV/AIDS and works with the AIDS Center of Queens County.

7 Stefanie Rivera    

As a founding member of FIERCE, an empowering organization for LGBTQ youth of color in New York City, Stefanie Rivera has been in the game for a while now. She has worked with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) since it was founded in 2002 in honor of the late Trans Latina activist who fought in the Stonewall uprising for marginalized LGBTQ communities, such as low-income people of color.

Knowing that trans and gender non-conforming individuals are profiled and arrested at an alarmingly high rate, she helped found the Prisoner Justice Project at SRLP, which supports low-income incarcerated trans people of color. Today she still plays a very active role in SRLP as the Director of Client Services.

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10 Latino Foods With Jewish Origins To Light Up Hanukkah
El Festival de las Luces!
By Jacqueline Colette Prosper

M&TC:

In light of Hanukkah did you know Chile Rellenos and Buñuelos have Jewish roots? Click to see the others!