The Gran Varones is a storytelling project founded by Louie Ortiz-Fonseca and Anthony Leon, two openly gay Latino men living in Philadelphia. Through video and photography, Latino Gay and Latinx Queer men tell the story of what its like to be Latino, Gay, Queer and male living in the city.
The project is named after and inspired by a salsa song, El Gran Varón," by Willie Colón, which tells the story of a father and child. The father is the "gran varón" of the family -- the patriarch. He wants his son to be the same, but the son, who is is gay, presents as female. The father rejects his child. Later, when he regrest how he abandoned his child, he tries to make amends but finds out his child died alone from complications of AIDS.
TheBody.com asked the project to share their members' stories showing the impact of HIV in their lives and communities.