In 2016, Hispanic Federation launched FUERZAfest, the first Latinx LGBTQ+ Arts Festival in the Northeast which not only celebrated a vibrant community, but addressed critical issues impacting it. Since then, events have been held in New York City, Connecticut and Orlando to create a space for dialogue and awareness of the systemic barriers and threats faced by the Latinx communities.
Highlighting the theme “HONOR the past, DEFEND the future,” the fourth installment of FUERZAfest will recognize Latinx heroes that were at the forefront of the LGBTQ movement fighting for change, inclusion and acceptance.
Understanding the power of arts to educate and transform - and knowing the critical role that the arts play in telling stories that are often hidden - FUERZAfest creates a safe space where brown, queer and trans people can come together to celebrate one another, enjoy each other's brilliance in art, dance, cinema and engage in much-needed political and social discussion at a time when Latinx and LGBTQ communities are under massive attack.
Our hope is to spark a necessary conversation about what our communities value, who we are, and how we need to stand with one another to fight injustice.