A Mexicana-Chicana Cultural Worker’s LGBTQ Experience - Diana Solis
From Jeff Sudduth
Co-Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Women and Gender Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, Diversity Center, and Gender and Sexuality Student Services
Diana Solís, who grew up in the heart of Mexican Chicago in the 1960’s & 1970’s, will lead a discussion on the history and struggles of Mexican immigrants in Chicago through her own experiences and engagements. Solís will share her travels and experiences participating in and documenting early Latina feminist organizing with Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Latina Women in Action), as well as her search for acceptance and community as a Latina lesbian in the 1970s.
Diana Solís is a long-time educator, community leader and artist who is deeply rooted in the Pilsen neighborhood, the heart of Mexican culture and activism in Chicago and the midwest. Her many many honors and awards include the first solo exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art (1987). Solís has traveled extensively as an artist and activist, helped found the first lesbian feminist space in Mexico City, and circulated with preeminent Latina and Mexican women writers, thinkers, and artists of the late 20th Century including Sandra Cisneros and Elena Poniatowska.