By Rick Andreoli at Gay.net
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.