“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.
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
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
2 Ruby Jade Corado
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
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
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