LGBT Ricans

3.  LGBT Ricans

Moderator: Charles Rice-Gonzalez, co-Founder of The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
Erika G. Abad, PhD, Professor-in-Residence, University of Nevada (Las Vegas, NV)
Eliel Cruz, Writer and advocate, "Faithfully LGBT" Religion News Service (NY, NY)
Nivea Castro, J.D., Photogpaher and Curator (NY, NY)

Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Erika G. Abad

Eliel Cruz

Nivea Castro


Charles Rice-Gonzalez, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx, is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist, co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and a Distinguished Lecturer at Hostos Community College - CUNY. He received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. His debut novel Chulito (Magnus Books 2011) has received nearly a dozen awards including a 2013 Stonewall Book Awards - Barbara Gittings Literature Award Honor from the American Library Association and a "Small Press Highlights" mention from the National Book Critics Circle. He co-edited with Charlie Vazquez, From Macho To Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction (Tincture/Lethe Press 2011).

His writing's been published in Los Otros Cuerpos (Tiempo Press 2007), Best Gay Stories 2008 (Lethe Press 2008), The Best of PANIC!: En Vivo from the East Village (Fireking Press 2010), Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (University of Wisconsin Press 2011), Love, Christopher Street (Vantage Point 2012), Who's Yer Daddy (University of Wisconsin Press 2012), Untangling the Knot (Ooligan Press/Portland State University 2015), as well as articles in El Diario (1997) and The Nation (2013). More...

Erika G. Abad Assistant Professor-in-Residence in Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Erika Gisela Abad received her Ph.D. from Washington State University. Prior to joining IDP/GSS, Dr. Abad was Chicago-based oral historian for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College. Beyond Puerto Rican, Latinx, and Gender Studies, she is a well-published essayist, poet, and fiction writer, most recently writing a poem and creative reflection to the Pulse-Orlando tragedy. She is also a regular writer for Women in Higher Education.

Eliel Cruz is a prolific speaker and writer on religion, LGBT issues, and culture. A leading bisexual activist, Cruz has spoken across the country on the issues pertaining to the bisexual community, media representation, as well as faith and sexuality at universities and conferences alike. His work has been published in Huffington Post, Upworthy, NBC, Mic News, Teen Vogue, Daily Dot, Everyday Feminism, Washington Post, Sojourners, DETAILS, Quartz, Rolling Stone.

Cruz is the former Executive Director of Faith In America, an organization dedicated to ending religious based bigotry towards LGBT people. He has done faith organizing work for five years. More..

Nivea Castro