Juliana Delgado Lopera presents her completed work, Cuéntamelo!, tonight in San Francisco as part of the National Queer Arts Festival. A bilingual collection of stories and testimonials from LGBT Latino immigrants, JDL collaborates with Laura Cerón to bring to life the tales of an underrepresented community. Catch her reading along side a performance tonight as part of the National Queer Arts Festival. We have a couple excerpts below for you to get inspired for the event!

From the author: “Featuring: Adela Vázquez, Nelson D’Alerta, Alexandra Cruz, Mahogany Sánchez, Marlen Hernández, Carlos Sayán Wong, y Manuel Rodríguez Cruz. These are stories of repression in underground Havana in the 70s; coming out trans in Catholic Puerto Rico in the 80s; Scarface, female impersonators, the “boat people;” San Francisco during the 80s and more!”

Cuentamelo, Laura Cerón

Nelson D’Alerta illustrated by Laura Cerón

“Marquesa was my first gay friend; we met in La Habana and oh my God, when I first saw her all dressed in black, covered in white makeup—she looked like Dracula—she told me, I am the Marquesa. And I told her, What you are is my friend, carajo. We used to perform in the middle of the bushes, in the midst of passing goats and animals, the space filled with faggotry, and a boom box. I’m crazy to do something like that again. I was a drag queen in Cuba when faggots were outlawed. “
Nelson D’Alerta
Alexandra Cruz illustrated by Laura Cerón

Alexandra Cruz illustrated by Laura Cerón

“My father’s death was very traumatic for me because he died in my arms. I kinda lost my head. I lost consciousness and was homeless for three years, sleeping in the streets. I remember waking up one day, asking myself, What am I doing here? This is not for me! And quickly I went to one of those bathrooms where you put a quarter in, took a shower, and out I went to whore it down. The first client gave me $5,000 dollars. Quickly, I rented a hotel room at The Henry Hotel down on 6th and Mission and lived there for the next two years.”

“It was then that I found out Proyecto ContraSIDA Por Vida had an opening for a transgender outreach worker. I applied and got the job, gracias a Dios. I lit Santa Bárbara a candle and it worked out. My work consisted of distributing condoms at night inside hotels to my girlfriends, to all transgender girls, and giving out information on HIV. Many of the new girls arriving from Mexico were having sex unprotected, and this was an effort to prevent them from getting HIV. This was the beginning of the 1990s.”

Alexandra Cruz


This project is part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
June 19, 2014
Where: Galería de la Raza
Time: 6:30pm
Admission cost: $5-$20 (no one turned away for lack of funds)