Queer and Latino in Jackson: Two Locals Share Their Stories

Two young residents discuss the challenges and joy of identifying as both LGBTQ and Latino with KHOL Spanish-language reporter Alicia Unger.
Mexican and Pride flags
The flags of Mexico and LGBTQ Pride. (juicexvisuals/Shutterstock)

 

Coming out as LGBTQ can be difficult for people of all ethnicities and backgrounds, especially in a conservative state like Wyoming. But some local queer Latinos say they face extra challenges in a culture in which both the Catholic Church and masculinity loom large.

Listen above to hear an interview with KHOL Spanish-language correspondent Alicia Unger about her reporting this Pride month followed by her full story in Spanish.

“They are trying to come out of the shadows and let the people know that they’re not here to harm anybody,” Unger said of the two young residents she interviewed. “They’re just here to live a life like the rest of us.”

 

Yair Sanchez

Yair Sanchez moved from Tlaxcala, Mexico, to Jackson with his family when he was three years old. He said it’s difficult to come out as a gay man in a culture that values machismo, a strong or exaggerated sense of manliness. (Courtesy of Yair Sanchez)

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About Alicia Unger

Born in Mexico City, Alicia is a multi-platform journalist with more than 20 years of experience in radio and television. As a news producer, anchor and reporter, Alicia has earned several Emmy nominations and awards.

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