With a degree in Psychology from the University Ana G. Mendez in Washington, DC, Jose is a local and national long time human rights and social justice activist, immigration advocate, Latinx LGBTQ historian, artist, writer and a poet. He is the founder of the Jose Gutierrez Archives, the Latino GLBT History Project, the DC Latino Pride and co-founder of the Rainbow History Project. WOW!
Alongside joining and serving many clubs and organizations, including the DC boys of Leather, the Highwayman, the Leather Archives and Museum and most notably ONYX Mid Atlantic; Jose is THE FIRST International Leatherboy 2002 and has been raising awareness and funds for the leather community ever since. In 2014 he received the Jose Sarria medal of honor by Nicole Murray-Ramirez, The Queen Mother of the Americas for his contributions to the LGBTQ and in 2015 contributed to the book Queer Brown Voices, with an interview/essay entitled “We must preserve our Latino LGBTQ history”. In 2019 Jose received the Lifetime Award by the Leathertarian Award organization.
Jose works with the DC Gov DHS, currently he is developing the “Jose Gutierrez Archives” and he is writing a book about the history of the Washington, DC Latinx LGBTQ.
This is a unique opportunity to glimpse into the world of Latinos in Leather. Don’t miss out!
— with Jose Gutierrez.