Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Onda at Latino Gay Pride

The gallery and I received an award last week during the Latino Gay Pride celebration. It's the second year the Mariposa Awards were given, and I was one of five individuals and/or organizations recognized, including the heads of the bi-lingual theatre group and the bi-lingual newspaper. The group of people involved in organizing the four major events of the festival did an amazing job and were a lot of fun too.

The theme for Portland Latino Gay Pride’s first celebration was called Noche de Familia y Mariposas/Night of Family and Butterflies. “Mariposa” is a slang term used in many Latin American countries to describe someone who is gay. For many, it was a term used in a disrespectful or derogatory manner. The committee decided to change that by celebrating who we are and taking PRIDE in the “mariposa” inside of all of us.

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