March 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Latino GLBT History Project elects new officers

José Plaza, gay news, Washington Blade

José Plaza (Photo courtesy of the Latino GLBT History Project)

The board of directors of D.C.’s Latino GLBT History Project announced on Monday that it has elected veteran Latino activist José L. Plaza to succeed David Pérez as the organization’s new president.

“Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, José L. Plaza is the proud son of migrant farm workers,” a statement released by the organization says. “He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, earned a [master’s degree] in counseling from California State University, Long Beach, and his BA from San Diego State University.”

The statement says Plaza is the National Director for Latino Engagement for Enroll America and is an associate board member for the Latin American Youth Center. He joined the Latino GLBT History Project board of directors in 2013 and co-chaired the 7th Annual D.C. Latino Pride event in 2013, the statement says.

The board re-elected transgender activist Alexa Elizabeth Rodríguez as the group’s vice president, the statement says. A native of El Salvador, Rodríguez founded Mi Nueva Familia, a working group for people living with HIV and trans women in her home country. Upon her arrival in the U.S. in 2009 she continued her work as an advocate for HIV prevention programs, becoming involved with La Clinica del Pueblo in D.C. and Casa de Maryland. She has served on the Latino GLBT History Project board since 2013.

Immigrant rights, LGBT and people with disabilities activist David Pazmiño was elected secretary of the Latino GLBT History Project, the group’s statement says. He holds a BA degree in government and master’s degree in policy and plans to pursue a law degree.

Existing members of the board who will continue in that role include Cristela Solorrio Ruíz, May Sifuentes, Jennifer Sanchez, Eric Perez, David Pérez and José Gutierrez, the group’s founder and a longtime LGBT and Latino community activist.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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