Hispanic Federation’s Frankie Miranda Advocates for LGBTQ+ Latinx Rights

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Hispanic Federation’s Frankie Miranda Advocates for LGBTQ+ Latinx Rights

Frankie Miranda, the first openly queer president of the Hispanic Federation (HF), has voiced his concerns about the harmful effects of anti-LGBTQ+ policies, such as Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, on the most vulnerable members of society. Reflecting on his upbringing in Puerto Rico, Miranda recalls the unwritten policy that shunned LGBTQ+ discussions. He emphasizes the detrimental impact of such policies on queer youth, leading to isolation and trauma. The HF, under Miranda’s leadership, has initiated the Advance Change Together program to support LGBTQ+ Latinx communities, countering the rising discrimination in the U.S. and championing queer Latinx events.

The Impact of Anti-LGBTQ+ Policies

Miranda’s personal experiences have made him acutely aware of the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. He recalls the pain, isolation, and abuse he endured, emphasizing that no one should have to experience such trauma. He criticizes the false narrative that these policies protect children, stating that they instead make children more vulnerable, especially LGBTQ+ youth in schools.

The Role of the Hispanic Federation

Under Frankie Miranda’s leadership, the Hispanic Federation has been proactive in supporting the LGBTQ+ Latinx community. The Advance Change Together initiative was established to back organizations that cater to and protect Latinx LGBTQ+ communities. The HF actively opposes anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and promotes queer Latinx events, challenging the increasing discrimination in the U.S.

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