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Louie Ortiz-Fonseca

Louie Ortiz-Fonseca

Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca is an HIV Positive Queer AfroBoricua award-winning HIV activist and artist. He is the creator of The Gran Varones, a digital storytelling project that amplifies Latinx & Black queer history. Louie is also the host the YouTube series for LGBTQ youth, Kikis with Louie.

Latest by Louie Ortiz-Fonseca

Lady Catiria Reyes
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Remembering NYCs Queen of Nightlife: Lady Catiria, HIV-Positive Transgender Performer

Puerto-Rican performer Catiria Reyes won several pageant titles before her death in 1999. Here, Louie-Ortiz Fonseca unearths her history and legacy, which is like "discovering and losing someone in the same moment," he writes.

From Under the Rock: An HIV Activist on Growing Up in The Reagan Crack Years Img
Personal Stories

From Under the Rock: An HIV Activist on Growing Up in The Reagan Crack Years

"I have come a long way from the small room I shared with my mother and brothers," says Ortiz-Fonseca. "I no longer have to check spoons for burn residue but I no longer have family to bear witness to the atrocities we survived."

The 1-in-4 Latino Gay HIV Forecast Brings Memories of One Who Did Not Survive Img
Personal Stories

The 1-in-4 Latino Gay HIV Forecast Brings Memories of One Who Did Not Survive

A new CDC estimate reminds Ortiz-Fonseca of a "magical queen" of his childhood: "We shared an internalized fear and innate survival skill of always having to be prepared to turn to stone when words like 'faggot' were thrown."