Coming Out on Univision: Maritza Martinez, Latina Lesbian Activist in Queens, 1990s

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Activists Daniel Dromm and Maritza Martinez co-founded the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee in 1992. Under their leadership, the committee organized and raised funds for the inaugural Queens Pride Parade and Festival in 1993. Martinez, a Cuban-American originally from Miami, was one of the first lesbian Latinas to speak openly to the Hispanic community in Jackson Heights about “coming out of the closet” and “being proud of who you are.” In the following clip, she reflects about coming out very publicly on Univision, the American Spanish language broadcast television network.

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