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Sometimes there is too much of a good thing, but not when it comes to equality. Charo Valero still sees great ways for our community to be better, even with the strides we’ve made.

“If we are to truly live in community and siblinghood, we need to do better and be better,” she said. “Bringing an intersectional lens means lifting up and centering the narratives of the most marginalized among us. It means engaging a diverse group of people, really listening and being vulnerable, inspiring folks to advocate for themselves, and trusting that we know what we need to be liberated.”

Valero has been in South Florida for a third of her life. Currently she’s the Florida State Policy Director at the Florida Latina Advocacy Network, which is part of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. She was born and raised in Panama City and as a Latina immigrant, gender non-conforming person of color and queer woman, her lens is needed right now.

“Our LGBTQ identities may root us in the work we do together but we are so much more than our genders, expression, and sexuality.”


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