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Since November of last year we have been posting videos from Cuentame’s “An Honest Conversation” video series. The project was created to show the direct, sober, honest and often painful stories of LGBTQ Latino youth, their friends, families and the community in general. From bullying to abuse, struggle to triumph, this series aims to break taboos within the Latino community while changing paradigms within this fast-shifting demographic.

The final video in the series focuses on the Moreno family in Arizona. Gay siblings, Samantha and Guillermo, sit down with their mother and offer up their stories. From Samantha dealing with the fact that her father hasn’t spoken to her partner in nearly 12 years, to Guillermo understanding a balance between his Catholic faith and being gay, the two show how being gay can be a family affair. The Morenos presents a framework that does not hold Latino family culture and queer sexuality mutually exclusive. Challenging yet hopeful, they are an example of how an honest conversation can change the family dynamic for the better.

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Think Progress: Watch Two Gay Siblings Come Out To Their Catholic Latino Family

By Staff at ThinkProgress

The Brave New Foundation’s Cuéntame presents the latest in its collection called “An Honest Conversation,” stories about LGBT Latino youth and their friends, families, and communities. This video features the Morenos, a fervently Catholic Latino family in Arizona in which both brother and sister faced the struggle of coming out as gay to their parents. In the end, they agree that despite its challenges, their coming out strengthened the family’s union, because “this is all we have, the family.”

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POZ: An Honest Conversation

By Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. at POZ Blogs

Cuéntame (Spanish for count me or tell me your story) is a new initiative that seeks to encourage Latinos to tell their stories.

“An Honest Conversation” is their LGBT video series. They include the coming out stories of Latina lesbians and an undocumented gay Latino.

The video of Ronnie, however, holds the most interest for me since I can relate to so much of his story.

He was bullied in the Army for being gay. Mercifully, I did not have that experience in the Marine Corps.

We do, however, share an understanding of the challenges in coming out about being gay and having HIV to our Latino family and friends.

Kudos to Ronnie for overcoming so many hurdles, including HIV. I wish him well.

HIV Plus Magazine: An Honest Conversation About HIV – A new video series encourages Latinos to open up about HIV

By Trudy Ring at HIV Plus Magazine

Some Latino activists are taking the old saying “Honesty is the best policy” and acting on it in a thoroughly modern way.

Cuéntame, a project of the social justice-oriented Brave New Foundation, is a social media group whose name translates as “count me” or “tell me your story.” Based in Culver City, Calif., the project is using Internet videos to let Latinos tell their stories and raise awareness of a variety of issues. Its video series An Honest Conversation deals with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, including HIV, which disproportionately affects gay men, Latinos, and gay men who are Latino.

It’s not easy to raise awareness when people are reluctant to discuss these matters, which is common among Latinos, says Jessica McMunn Macias, a story and content producer for Cuéntame. “It’s very taboo in our community,” she says of LGBT topics and HIV. “An Honest Conversation’s goal is to open up the conversation with families.”

Last October, at the first gay pride event ever held in conservative Lubbock, Texas, Macias found a Latino gay man willing to open up about being HIV-positive. “It was just fate,” she says of encountering Ronnie, a 42-year-old nurse now living in Los Angeles. From an event stage, she asked if anyone would like to share a story. He tapped her shoulder and said he would.

In that appearance and a follow-up shoot the next day, there emerged a compelling, often tragic, but ultimately hopeful tale. In the video Ronnie (last name withheld by request) talks about being gay-bashed and otherwise abused, hiding his homosexuality to join the military, being found out and discharged, and eventually receiving his HIV diagnosis. He says he “gave up” for about two years afterward, drinking and partying to escape. But after receiving admonitions from an aunt, he finished college and became a nurse, and now he is helping others.

All his experiences, he says, have informed his life. “I have been beaten up as a kid. I’ve been sexually assaulted as a kid. I’ve been beaten up as an adult. I’ve been shot at, I’ve gone overseas, I’ve been in the military—I thank God that I’ve done all this, because I can walk into a room as a nurse now, and I can look at a person’s face…and I know exactly what happened,” he says, giving as an example a girl who was beaten up because she was a lesbian. “The only thing I need to figure out is, What do I need to do for her to get her out of that situation?”

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