LHP Ceremony Celebrates Women

D.C. LGBT Latino group holds third annual ''Mujeres en el Movimiento''

The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) will offer its third annual ”Mujeres en el Movimiento” awards ceremony and networking happy hour Friday, March 28, honoring Latina lesbians in the D.C. area who have made contributions to both the local Latino community and the LGBT community. The event also celebrates National Women’s History Month.

This year’s event will feature Monica Palacio, the newly appointed director of the D.C. Office of Human Rights, as the guest speaker; and DJ Rat of Maracuyeah and La SalvadoReina as musical performers. It will also feature a digital photo exhibit of the theme – ”Women in the Movement” in English – with images of lesbian, bisexual and transgender Latina activists.

Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera, a longtime LGBT activist and the national project coordinator for ”A La Familia,” a program that is part of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith program, will be honored with the Legacy Award. Officer Rosa Roldan Torres, of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Latino Liaison Unit, will be honored with the Emerging Leader Award.

”Mujeres en el Movimiento is a place for lesbian Latinas to come together to build a strong and supportive community with other like-minded women,” Esther Hidalgo, vice president of LHP, said in a statement. ”It’s a great opportunity for networking and sharing inspiring stories and achievements. Come out and enjoy drinks, great Latino music, and a historical digital photo exhibition.”

About 100 people are expected to attend the event, which is free of charge, though a $5 donation is suggested to help LHP fund future events and programs.

The Mujeres en el Movimiento event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Mova Lounge, 2204 14th St. NW. The event is also sponsored by the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs; Brother, Help Thyself; and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. For more information, visit latinoglbthistory.org.

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com

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