LEA is an alliance of individuals that represent several organizations that came together to promote liberty, justice and equality for the Latinx LGBTQ+ communities. Gonzalez is the Advisory Board Chair of the small Latinx LGBTQ+ nonprofit in Boyle Heights.
LGBTQ+ people are part of our familias; they are our parents, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters and should be given all the love and respect. More needs to be done to fight the rise in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation across the country. We can work together at the personal, statewide and national level to make sure that the LGBTQ+ community is protected.
Victor Hugo Marroquin says that being part of the local LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities have shaped them into the person they are today. Today, he helps lead The Latino Equality Alliance. He says the biggest voter issues for Latinos are healthcare, education, law enforcement, and environmental justice.
As of late there has been increased debate over the term Latinx. Some have argued that the term Latinx represents a whitewashing of the community as it is an artificial label imposed on us. Others have argued that it actually diminishes the community by adding a pejorative “x.” A best practice would be to ask a person their preference, when relevant, and for us not to label or mislabel each other.