“Hamilton” producer Lin-Manuel Miranda, pop star Ricky Martin and award-winning actress/singer Michaela J Rodriguez will join the Hispanic Federation on Tuesday to launch an advocacy initiative serving Latinx LGBTQ+ communities.
The Advance Change Together initiative will provide 20 Latinx nonprofits with grants of $25,000 to $50,000 to support their efforts and infrastructure in those communities. The national non-profit Hispanic Federation, dedicated to Latino empowerment, will fund the initiative with a $1 million grant for the first two years. But it hopes to encourage other donors to support and expand the program, which will also hold a summit to set a national agenda for LGBTQ+ groups.
Hispanic Federation President and CEO Frankie Miranda said the initiative, which will be announced in Florida on Tuesday, is a necessary extension of the group’s existing work with the LGBTQ+ community.
“We are recognizing all this anti-LGBTQ legislation popping up across the country,” he said. “It’s a sign that once some groups focusing on abortion get those results from the Supreme Court, we’re predicting that the next frontier is to accelerate anti-LGBTQ legislation across the country. We’re seeing that now.” Huh.”
Miranda points to the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law recently passed in Florida, which directs on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade, as well as the Pulse shooting in 2016, when 49 were killed. Orlando LGBTQ+ nightclub, as an example of why the community needs more support.
“It is estimated that less than 1% of foundation funds go to Latinx organizations,” Miranda said. “When we apply this to LGBTQ-oriented organizations, we see that it’s very, very little. So that’s our call to action. We’re not going to wait.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda (no relation) said that the pulse shooting looks like it happened yesterday. It is a tragedy to which he will forever be associated, as he immortalized it in his Tony acceptance speech for “Hamilton”—a sonnet remembered for the line “And love is love, love is love, love is love”. Hai love is love, cannot be killed or set aside.”
“One of the deadliest shootings in our nation’s history was an act of hatred against this community in Florida,” the “Encanto” musician told the Associated Press, calling the “Don’t Say Gay” law a “controversial” development.
“This is such an important reminder that the hate that led to the pulse shooting is not in the past. And laws like this do nothing but promote and allow that hate to grow. So we just have to fight.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda credits his father – Luis Miranda Jr., co-founder of Mirram Group, a political consulting firm that has worked on campaigns for Democratic Sense. Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand – encouraged him to speak up. Show your support through social issues and actions.
“The way the world affects me, it makes me want to write and make me want to make things happen,” he said, adding that the surprise No. 1 hit “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” was his response to the COVID-19 lockdown. “When it’s something like this – this extremely discriminatory law – and the question is ‘How do we help? How do we put our shoulder to it in a way that’s meaningful?’ I have a father who has dedicated his life to organizing and creating protests and a sense of wanting to do something in practice.
Ricky Martin said he wanted to join forces to fight those in power whom he said wanted to create hatred and division in the United States and Puerto Rico.
“There has never been a more important time for communities and organizations to come together to empower each other,” Martin said in a statement. “With the ACT Initiative, we are uniting to remind Latinx LGBTQ+ organizations that they have the support they need to serve and empower their communities.”
Miranda of the Hispanic Federation said the initiative will help Latino nonprofits reach their communities in their own way.
“We need to work very deliberately to put our voices and our stories into the debate,” said Miranda, the federation’s first openly gay president. “I think we need to give ourselves the opportunity to come together and strategize based on the new reality.”
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