Tentaciones Magazine has released its list of the 16 most influential GLBT Latina and Latino people and organizations of 2002.
"We are absolutely thrilled to honor members of our own community," Tentaciones editor in chief Jenifer Ortiz said. "Oftentimes the LGBT Latina and Latino movement is underestimated and undervalued. The LGBT Latina and Latino community deserves recognition and empowerment."
The list includes: AGUILAS, an organization that helped bring attention to the murder of transgendered teen Gwen Araujo; Marta Alvarado, a Salvadoran lesbian and community activist; Adelina Anthonuy and Coral Lopez, directors of the nonprofit arts and education organization MY LUCHA; Ron Saul Brenesky, a political activist from Miami; Marta Donayre, a lesbian immigration advocate; Andres Duque, director of a coalition of several large GLBT groups in New York; the Latin Pride Foundation, for the creation of the first Latin Pride Festival in Los Angeles; Ema Moreno, a community leader from the Pacific Northwest; Carmen Munguia, community activist and creator of Juana Vega Resources Center; Oscar De La O, director of the largest LGBT center of resources for Latinos in Southern California; Odalys Nanin, cofounder of MACHA (Mujeres Advancing Culture, History, and Art) Theatre Co.; Monica Palacios, a Latina lesbian performer; Roland Palencia, community leader from the Los Angeles area; Maria Roman, Latina transgender activist; Luisa Rondon, a Miami political activist; and Tongues, a Latina lesbian empowerment organization.
Now in its third year of publication, Tentaciones is printed in both English and Spanish and can be found in many gay bookstores across the country.