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Spotlight Latina/Latino American Art and Literature
  Latina/Latino Americans Latina/o glbtq Communities in the U.S. pursue multiple visions, diverse politics, and a variety of struggles for identity and liberation. Their efforts have helped shape the meaning of what it means to be queer and Latina and Latino in the U.S. and transnationally, and have produced a variety of cultural expressions.  
  Gloria Anzaldua Editor and writer Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) co-edited This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which was published in 1981. It was the first collective, systematic, and widely publicized work to feature the voices of feminists of color in the United States.  
  Cuban-born American artist Félix González-Torres (1957-1996) shaped an art that was at once personal and political, reflecting his AIDS and gay rights activism.  
  Latina/Latino Lesbian and Gay Artists often confront, with a peculiarly personal urgency, the crucial issues of gender, sexuality, and acceptance that have obsessed American culture generally in the past several decades.  
  Latina Lesbian Literature is a fast-growing, vibrant, and diverse literary tradition that offers readers innovative models for creating alliances among diverse peoples.  
  Latino Gay Literature includes novels, poetry, drama, and essays that deal directly with gay themes, but the cultural forces of machismo and Roman Catholicism have slowed the development of a Latino gay identity.  
  Jaime Manrique (b. 1949) is a Colombian-born writer who came to international attention in 1992 with the publication of Latin Moon in Manhattan. The novel paints a vivid picture of a gay man's life and identities in New York City's Colombian community.  
  Cherrie Moraga Cherríe Moraga (b. 1952) is a Chicana lesbian writer and editor who sees women of color as revolutionary forces who bridge cultural divides. Moraga criticizes male-identified Chicano culture for silencing Chicanas; she has also participated in a successful movement to encourage the acceptance of writers of color as significant contributors to American lesbian literature.  
  Michael Nava Michael Nava (b. 1954) is best known for his seven-novel mystery series featuring gay Chicano lawyer Henry Rios. He has enjoyed increasing recognition as an important novelist whose mature work transcends the limited expectations of the popular and highly specialized Mystery genre.  
  Sheila Ortiz-Taylor Sheila Ortiz-Taylor (b. 1939) is a prolific writer and respected teacher. Experts consider Faultline (1982), her debut novel, the first to feature a lesbian Chicana protagonist.  
  John Rechy John Rechy (b. 1934) draws on his own experience as a hustler in City of Night (1963), Numbers (1967), and several other novels. Though he derides the designation "gay writer" and has written several novels unrelated to gay life, he will most likely be remembered as a brutal and lyrical chronicler of the pre-Stonewall sexual underworld.  
  Richard Rodriguez Richard Rodriguez (b. 1944) is a Mexican-American essayist and memoirist who may be the most widely read Latino American author. His description of himself as a "morose homosexual" rather than a gay one and his criticism of affirmative action and bilingual education reflect his frequently controversial indifference to political correctness.  
  Alex Sanchez Alex Sanchez (b. 1957) is a youth and family counselor and an immigrant from Mexico. His unique background has helped make him an important voice in today's Young Adult glbtq Literature canon. Though his work has achieved critical acclaim, several conservative groups have tried to prevent the young people for whom it is written from seeing it. Some have succeeded.  
  Jose Sarria Josè Sarria (1922-2013) was a San Francisco singer, drag performer, and activist who exemplified gay pride before the phrase was invented. Perhaps best known as the first openly gay candidate for political office, he also founded the International Court System and presided over the expansion of drag culture into a vast network of charity balls and extravaganzas.  


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