The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit volunteer-led organization founded in April 2000 and incorporated in May 2007 to respond to the critical need to preserve and educate about our history. Our mission is to investigate, collect, preserve and educate the public about the history, culture, heritage, arts, social and rich contributions of the Latino GLBT community in metropolitan Washington, D.C. To accomplish our mission, the LHP creates educational exhibits from our historical archives collection showcased at cultural events such as, a Women’s History Month Reception, a Hispanic LGBTQ Heritage Reception and DC Latino Pride, educational presentations at local and national conferences and through our online virtual museum at www.LatinoGLBTHistory.org.
Since 1993, Jose Gutierrez has been collecting historic materials of the DC Latino LGBTQ community and groups including posters, photos, flyers, banners, t-shirts, articles, memorabilia and important documents of the first local group “ENLACE” and the national group the “National Latina/o, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organization, LLEGO”.
The historic materials are from mid 1980’s to 2010 and include materials of ENLACE, LLEGO, GELAAM, Platiquemos, Latinos en Accion, Empoderate! of La clinica del Pueblo, Unidos and the collection also include materials of Latino bars, restaurants, leaders, divas, DC Latino personalities, etc.
In April 2000 during the Millennium National March in Washington, DC Jose Gutierrez organized the first historic exhibit about the DC Latino LGBTQ community at Club CHAOS (1633 17th St. NW) entitled “Caminante no hay camino, se hace el camino al andar” -Antonio Machado.
This first historic exhibt was at Club CHAOS for 8 hours and more than 200 people attended the event. This cultural activity was sponsor by Club CHAOS and Gente Latina de Ambiente (GELAAM). By the critical need to preserve and educate about the history of the Latino LGBTQ community in Washington, DC, in 2006 Jose invited Paul Scott and Juan Noboa to his apartment in Dupont Circle to organized the Latino GBT History Project.
The first monthly meetings were at the Cyber Stop Cafe in 17th and P Streets and with the time the LHP met at the DC Center. In May 2007 the group was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 group in Washington, DC.
The Mission of the Latino GLBT history Project (LHP) is to investigate, collect, preserve and educate about the history, culture, heritage, arts, social and rich contributions of the Latino/Hispanic GLBT communities in metropolitan Washington, DC.