Panel : Queer Toxicity Machismo

Queer Toxicity : Machismo

July 16, 2021
4:00 – 5:00p

FREE virtual event
Live on facebook & YouTube

Join us for a deep dive into the role machismo and toxic masculinity plays in fostering anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-femininity sentiment within Latinx communities, particularly Latinx immigrant communities.

As a society we often celebrate masculinity and see femininity as weakness which leads us to ask the questions : How do we deconstruct toxic machismo culture within LGBTQ+ Latino/a/x communities? How do we find a balance of honoring those who are masculine while also celebrating those who are feminine? How do we push against deep-rooted gender stereotypes within LGBTQ+ Latino/a/x communities without colonizing or western-washing Latino/a/x culture? How do we create space for each person’s relationship with masculinity and femininity or complete rejection of both?

Panel will feature perspectives from Mz Mr, Nicolas Aramayo, Francisco Cortes, Ishalaa Ortega, and Roslyn Sotero.The panel will moderated by Latinx Program Officer Max Cisneros.

This conversation will be in English.

Speakers (left to right), Francisco Cortes, Mz Mr, Ishalaa Ortega, Roslyn Sotero, and Nicolas Aramayo.
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About Our Speakers

Mz Mr

Mz Mr (she/her/ella) is a transdisciplinary artisan and fashion researcher earning her Master’s degree in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With a specialty in custom stage wear, she loves to play dress up!

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Nicolas Aramayo

Nicolas (they/them) is trans, non-binary, and Bolivian. Apart from working as a Paralegal with the ACLU’s Human Rights Program, they do a lot of organizing, educating, and facilitating around racial justice, gender affirming healthcare, and labor issues. They have published pieces as well as been a part of educational videos discussing their experience as a trans and non-binary person of color. In their free time, Nico loves cooking good food, making fresh bread, playing video games, and sharing resources with friends. Their dream is to live in a world where labor is not a prerequisite to food, water, shelter, safety, and happiness and where the needs of the most marginalized are centered and uplifted.

Francisco Cortes

Francisco (Him, His, El) is a community activist and award winning leader. A Mexican Immigrant and gay Philadelphian, Francisco received his Bachelors of the Arts in Psychology with a minor in LGBT Studies from Temple University. Currently, Francisco serves as the Development and Operations Director for Familia:Trans Queer Liberation Movement, a national lgbt immigrants rights organziation. Francisco previously served as the Executive Director of GALAEI, a queer Latinx social justice organization. Francisco is an appointed commissioner to Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs commission where he supports the office in identifying the needs of marginalized LGBTQ Philadelphians and advocating for effective ways to distribute city resources to those most in need. He serves as a board member at Juntos, an immigrant-rights, immigrant-led organization in Philadelphia. Francisco is passionate about queer and trans, Latinx and Black youth empowerment and leadership development and utilizes his platform to create and support initiatives that fuel his passion.

Francisco received the Emerging Leadership Award from Bread and Roses Foundation in December 2019 and was labeled one of the 40 under 40 most influential Latinos by Al Dia Magazine in October 2020.

Ishalaa Ortega

Ishalaa (she/her/ella) is a Human Rights Activist, Entertainer, Singer, Songs and Theater Writter, and Advisory board member for Familia: Trans-Queer Liberation Movement. She works as a Care Coordinator in a Community Health Center. Ishalaa has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature and Political Sciences at Hunter College. As an activist she has been able to be part of an international movement to help and promote immigrant people’s rights. She partnered with Immigration Equality in different projects to uplift Immigrant communities’ voices and stories.

Roslyn Sotero

With over a decade of experience, Roslyn (she/her/ella) has served as an Anti-Racist Educator & Facilitator across New England engaging youth, families and practitioners in critical learning about race, culture, equity and liberation. Over the years, she has developed a keen capacity to facilitate meaningful affinity and inter-dialogue that center our desire to acknowledge, heal and transform. Wearing several hats, Roslyn has committed herself to a professional and personal mission for equity and justice through effective organizing, decolonized learning and systems disruption.