Gay Latinos Speak: Army Vet Ronnie

By Rick Andreoli at

“An Honest Conversation” is a video series focusing on LGBTQ issues in the Latino community. It was produced by Cuéntame to create a direct, sober, honest and often painful portrayal of stories from LGBTQ Latino youth, their friends, families and the community in general. From bullying to abuse, struggle to triumph, this ground-breaking series aims to break taboos within the Latino community while changing paradigms within this fast-shifting demographic.

So far we’ve offered video stories from Giselle and her girlfriend Bianca. This week we focus on Ronnie, who lost his friends, some family, and got kicked out of the Army—all for being gay. Ronnie’s story is a journey of self-discovery, painful secrets and bridges cross. After being intimidated, threatened and bullied in the Army, suffering traumatizing experiences and learning painful truths about himself, he now saves lives as a nurse and has finally received an honorable discharge from the army that had once turned on him.

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