Every Saturday afternoon, a group of LGBT folks gather inside a small office space on Mission Street for the weekly meeting of the Translatina club. The club was formed as a safe place to discuss the issues facing transgender Latinas. Some of the topics discussed in the first weeks were pretty heavy, so members decided to mix it up by having some performances by group members.
Hazel, a self-described “gay boy who dresses as a girl,” volunteered to imitate songs by the Mexican-American Artist Marisela. Below is a photo of Marisela and a video of Hazel immersing himself in the role.
A colleague and I are working on a long term term project for Mission Loc@l and other Spanish language wires about transgender Latinas.
Last week at the TransLatina meeting, we were lucky enough to catch up with Julia Garcia, a prominent figure in the Los Angeles LGBT community.
She is a transgender Latina who has come to be known as “Santa Julia de los Puentes,” or the transgendered resurrection of Mother Teresa.
She received her unofficial tittle because she is known to go underneath bridges in Los Angeles to help people overcome substance abuse and homelessness, specifically fellow transgender women.
She also runs a program that sends HIV medication to people in Latin America. She also began a monastery in the first united methodist church in Los Angeles where she formally helps people.
In this short interview she explains why she came to San Francisco and why she decided to study theology.