Though many Latinos remain conservative, many more are drifting away from the traditions, and sometimes values, of their parents to come into their own and live life in their own terms. We’re now Muslim, agnostic, and as noted in last week’s article about faith, atheist, and that’s just in regards to religion and faith. We’re also bucking tradition and choosing to marry later or not at all. We’re also embracing our sexuality as a natural part of who we are by not saving ourselves for marriage and being open about being gay and/or lesbian.
But this new found freedom doesn’t come without cost or hardship. The decision to embrace any or all of these parts of ourselves is not an easy one to share with our loved ones. We fear we may be ostracized and lose what is still central in our lives, the family. In homes where culture, tradition, family, and faith are valued over individuality it can be difficult to do that drifting away to explore a different life.
Such was the case for Samantha, now 33, and Guillermo Moreno, now 29, siblings who came out as gay 11 years ago. An experience and its difficulty, which they describe in a new documentary video produced by the civil rights advocacy group Cuéntame.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Cuéntame’s founding director, Axel Caballero said:
“The video is part of a larger series called ‘An Honest Conversation,’ and tells stories that come from the voices heard in the community,” said Caballero. “It is a sober, honest, direct approach about LGBT Latino youth and their friends, families, and the community at large. We cover stories from bullying to abuse and from struggle to triumph. Our work aims to break taboos within the Latino community.”
Read more at The Huffington Post.