Writer, composer, actor, and artist, Lin-Manuel Miranda, won Best Score at the 2016 Tony Awards for his musical, Hamilton. With the award ceremony being held just the day after the horrific shooting at Orlando nightclub, Miranda composed a sonnet to share during his acceptance speech.
Alex Anwandter is a Chilean singer-songwriter who is now stepping into the world of film. Much of Anwandter's prior work addresses issues, as well as celebrates, the culture of the Chilean LGBTQ community. Starting with political statements made in his music, Anwandter has now turned to film to further voice his support.
You can check out Alex Anwandter's website for more info on his music.
With the victims of the Orlando shooting being mostly young, gay, Latinos, other gay Latino communities are rightfully concerned for their safety. One community in Queens is speaking out and raising concerns about the ramifications an attack like this can have.
"Even though what happened in Orlando had a magnitude that we have never seen before, the hatred and the venom that was committed there and that was felt there, is certainly something that we felt a long time here"
Austin based filmmaker, Deborah S. Esquenazi, brings us the troubling story of four Texas women convicted of sexually abusing two pre-teen girls in 1994 during the height of the Satanic Panic. The film highlights more of the injustices the LGBTQ community in America have faced over the years.
You can read more about the film in the Tribeca Film Festival writeup.
Produced as a thesis film through the American Film Institute, comes the story of a young transgender woman considers a dangerous black market surgery that may be her only option in gaining a more feminine body.
The film stars Mexican-born actress Diamond Cruz, who illegally immigrated to the U.S. with her two younger brothers, at the age of twelve. Also starring in the film, is Maria Roman, who has a strong history working in the Latina transgender community.
You can check out the films website for more info on the film.