Jesus Chairez Talks History

PRESS RELEASE From TeCo Theatrical Productions

  • JESUS CHAIREZ is coming in from Mexico City for a one evening appearance, Saturday, June 20, 2015, 7:30 PM at TeCo Theatrical Productions, in the BISHOP ARTS THEATRE CENTER, 215 SOUTH TYLER STREET, DALLAS, TEXAS 75208. This is part of TeCo Theatrical Productions speaker series.
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JesusChairezDallas, Texas – TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc., announces an exciting artist and author , Jesus Cháirez, as a part of its acclaimed speaker series. Native Dallasite, Jesus Cháirez helped organize and was first president of DFW’s first gay Latino organization: Gay Hispanic Coalition de Dallas, 1982. Later he produced and hosted U.S.’s first GLBT bilingual Latino radio show, Sin Fronteras on KNON 89.3 FM –‐ The Voice of the People; July 4th 1993 –‐ July 2005. Cháirez is also an artist having established Dallas’ first Latino arts collective A.R.T.E. (Artists Relating Together & Exhibiting; 1991).

Cháirez, retired and reinvented himself as a writer where his works have been featured in The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice, Los Angeles Times and, Chicago Free Press and Chicago Gay Magazine. Cháirez , who now lives in México City, will be coming to Dallas to make this presentation that will be facilitated by Sylvana Alonzo. Cháirez, along with 13 other GLBT Latino activists, from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, will be releasing “Queer Brown Voices,” in August 2015. Cháirez will be performing a reading from his chapter of the book, titled “From the Closet to LGBT Radio Host in Dallas.”

Queer Brown Voices is a collective of essays chronicling the experiences of fourteen Latina/o’s LGBT activists during 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s In the last three decades of the twentieth century, LGBT Latinas/o’s faced several forms of discrimination. The greater Latino community did not often accept sexual minorities, and the mainstream LGBT movement expected everyone, regardless of their ethnic and racial background, to adhere to a specific set of priorities so as to accommodate a “unified” agenda. To disrupt the cycle of sexism, racism, and homophobia that they experienced, LGBT Latinas/o’s organized themselves on local, state, and national levels, forming communities in which they could fight for equal rights while simultaneously staying true to both their ethnic and sexual identities.

Yet histories of LGBT activism in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s often reduce the role that Latinas/o’s played, resulting in misinformation, or ignore their work entirely, erasing them from history. Queer Brown Voices is the first book published to counter this trend, documenting the efforts of some of these LGBT Latina/o activists. Comprising essays and oral history interviews that present the experiences of fourteen activists across the United States and in Puerto Rico, the book offers a new perspective on the history of LGBT mobilization and activism.

The activists discuss subjects that shed light not only on the organizations they helped to create and operate, but also on their broad–‐ranging experiences of being racialized and discriminated against, fighting for access to health care during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and struggling for awareness.

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