On July 7, the National Museum of Mexican Art hosted Vives Q, advertised as "an independent cultural arts project committed to creating an LGBTQ movement building experience through art, music, food, spoken word, dance and oral history that enables intergenerational dialogue across multiple identities and communities."
Emmanuel Garcia, Antonio Elizondo and Christopher Avalos curated the event.
On this occasion, attendees had the chance to hear a few words from two speakers and longtime friends: LGBT-rights activist Rick Garcia and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/journalist Achy Obejas. They both talked about their proud origins ( Spanish and Cuban, respectively ), the support of their families, the hard times when the gay movement started, how HIV truly brought the community together, the role of media, the political and professional challenges, and their strong principles and values.
Adding to the evening were the Elijah James ( spoken-word performer ), Jade ( Jessica Paul, poet ) and Nani Melendez ( Drag performer ) as well as some traditional food. Guests were invited for free HIV testing in that same place thanks to the partnership with Project Vida; were encouraged to present themselves using their preferred pronouns; and were even able to use gender-neutral restrooms.
Other Vives Q sessions will take place Tuesday, Aug. 4; and Tuesday, Sept. 1. Both are at 6-9 p.m.
See "Vives Q" on Facebook.