Sometimes, our community’s tragedies and difficult times can blind us to the achievements and silent battles we continue to win every day. That’s why this Pride Month, we want to celebrate and thank these queer badass Latina politicians who continue to use their power to elevate the voices of their LGBTQ+ constituents.
Jessica Gonzalez is a queer Latina politician and state representative for House District 10 in Texas who is now serving her second term. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Elections, a member of the House Committee on Insurance, Vice-Chair of the Texas House LGBTQ+ Caucus, and Chair of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Human and Civil Rights Task Force. Read more about Representative Jessica Gonzalez in her interview with BeLatina here.
A well-known community organizer and former San Diego City Council President, Georgette Gómez, is currently running to represent District 80 in the California State Assembly. District 80 includes southern San Diego County, where 70 percent of constituents are Hispanic/Latinx. She is a daughter of immigrants and is passionate about affordable housing, keeping corporations accountable for their impact on climate change and pollution, and reducing discrimination towards vulnerable communities.
Queer Latina politician Tamara Adrián is the first transgender member of the Venezuelan National Assembly. She is also a lawyer, professor, published author, and human rights activist for the LGBTQ+ community in Venezuela.
Additionally, Adrián is involved in many of the strategic litigations concerning LGBTQ+ rights in Venezuela and Latin America, as well as actively participating in movements advocating for greater support for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights.
Running for Pennsylvania State Representative for 182nd District, Deja Alvarez also serves as the Director of Community Engagement for World Healthcare Infrastructures and the LGBTQ Care Coordinator for the Department of Public Health. Though she is now on the ballot, if elected, Deja would become the first trans-Latina representative in the United States and the first openly trans state representative in Pennsylvania.
In 2020, Erika Hilton became the first trans woman elected to the São Paulo city council. This queer Latina politician has not had a smooth trajectory in politics. Because of her gender identity, she has had to overcome living on the streets, violence, and even death threats. Erika is incredibly vocal about the disparities Black and trans women face in Brazil and serves as the city council’s president of the human rights commission.