10/15/2011 09:01 am ET | Updated Dec 15, 2011

Esai Morales: 'It Would Break My Heart To Reject My Daughter For Wanting To Be A Man'

For Esai Morales, a Hollywood actor who fervently advocates for Latino rights in this country, starring in the film Gun Hill Road has not only affected his career, but his life. Since childhood, he has faced ingrained taboos about differences in sexual orientation.

In the film, his character, Quique, is a Latino man from New York who, after paying his debt to society, is released from prison to reconnect with his family, only to find that nothing is the same, and that his son now imbues the spirit of a women trapped in a young man's body of a man Quique cannot accept.