A graduate student from the University of the Incarnate Word is seeking to interview people in South Texas who identify as Hispanic and queer for a documentary entitled Hispano y Queer.
On the website for her documentary, student filmmaker Melissa Rodriguez writes, “Identifying as both Hispanic and Queer means something different to different people. Both labels have their own sets of hurdles and when someone identifies as both, their experiences take on a whole new meaning. In a state like Texas, it is not uncommon to meet someone that identifies as both Hispanic and Queer. However, not everyone faces the same issues and experiences.”
Rodriguez is currently working on her Master of Arts at UIW and plans to graduate in December. The documentary, which she describes as a labor of love, is one of the final requirements before earning her degree.
All those interviewed by Rodriguez will be asked the same set of questions regarding their ethnicity, queer identity and how those facets of their lives intermingle.
Participants must live in San Antonio (preferably), Austin, San Marcos, Universal City, Boerne, Cibolo, Schertz, Buda, Kyle, Pflugerville, or Round Rock. They must be 18 years or older and identify as Hispanic. They must also be a part of the queer community identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, pansexual, polyamorous, etc.
“As a member of both the LGBTQ+ comunidad y the Hispano comunidad, I understand the need for fair and accurate representation. I created this documentary because I want to meet like-minded people and provide their perspectives to our Texan comunidad,” Rodriguez says.