Boricua & Queer

Join us!

October 24, 2018

6:00pm – 8:00pm

345 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT

For a panel discussion and community conversation about the ways homophobia presents itself in Boricua culture, how to challenge the current culture and create a new culture of affirmation and support for queer folks!

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Alongside QUEST’s very own Community Educator & Organizer, Roslyn Sotero, this panel and community conversation will be co-facilitated by Juancarlos Soto, Community Organizer for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. 

 Soto advocates for Yale University to become a sanctuary campus at a protest last year. Paul Bass for the New Haven Independent. 

“Affectionately referred to as the New Haven’s “artivist” by friends and fellow organizers at Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA) and Junta For Progressive Action, Soto has become known for his banners, graphic designs, photographs and illustrations defending immigrant rights. As a Community Organizer at Planned Parenthood, Soto’s continues his unique organizing efforts around issues of reproductive justice, homelessness, LGBTQ+ issues and the many systemic violences faced by community of color.”


“Out of the Shadows, Onto the Page”, 7 September 2017

Panelists for this event include:

Ash M. Cruz Gomez (he/him/his)


Ash is a 22 year old, four-time self published author, performance poet, artist and jewelry artisan. Originally from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, he has performed and sold original works across the island and, as of 8 months ago when Hurricane Irma and Maria forced Ash to relocate to the U.S., he has been received at local events and festivals in both New York City and Connecticut. His poetry centers his experience with gender, sexuality, love, communism and many other thought provoking topics pertaining to their reality. 

Jeremy Cajigas (he/him/his)


Jeremy Cajigas is a sophomore at High School in the Community and youth organizer in New Haven. Only 16 years old, Jeremy has organized and hosted three city-wide events all revolving around raising awareness of racial issues in America. He has co-organized a Black History Month event, spoken at a social justice symposium, and presented at a Police and Youth Relations Conference in Hamden. After the 2016 presidential election, Jeremy worked with City Wide Youth Coalition to lead a solidarity march with hundreds of people from around the state. He is currently interning at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, his work primarily focusing on support efforts for LGBTQ+ youth of color.

Joel Gonzalez (he/him/his)


Joel Gonzalez graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2015 with a Bachelors in Social Work. While in his senior year, he interned at True Colors and facilitated the construction of the Queer Unity Empowerment Support Team (QUEST) of Waterbury, which works to educate, spread awareness, and create programs that center the lives of LGBTQ people in Waterbury. Currently, he works at StayWell Health Center in Waterbury as an HIV Prevention Navigator overseeing the outreach of PrEP and PEP for at risk populations in the community. In his spare time, he loves watching scary movies and meeting new people!

Ricardo (Ricky) Pagán (he/him/his)

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