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Suyapa Portillo
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Suyapa Portillo is a professor at California State University Northridge. She is also a Board Member of the Latino Equality Alliance.

A native of Honduras, she is researching and writing the social history of the North Coast banana regions. She has been monitoring and documenting human rights and labor violations in Honduras since the coup d'etat in June 2009. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University's history department.

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The Los Angeles May Day 'Queer Contingent' and the Politics of Inclusion

(4) Comments | Posted May 5, 2012 | 5:27 AM

"I love a queer immigrant!" The words, amidst colorful rainbow flags, were part of the 2012 May Day immigration march in downtown Los Angeles, and emphasize the intersection of immigrant and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) organized groups, communities and their issues. The LGBTQ community, still entrenched in...

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The Census: Learning to Count Decade by Decade

(7) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 12:58 PM

One of the glaring omissions in the Census survey is an option for individuals to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) alongside their race and ethnicity. In fact, LGBT folks can only be identified as LGBT if they are cohabiting couples who identify one partner as a "husband/wife"...

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Impunity on the Prowl, in Honduras and Here

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2010 | 2:55 PM

It was a telephone call so urgent that it echoes across borders. In early December, Honduran human rights activist Walter Trochéz was kidnapped while walking near his home in the capital, Tegucigalpa. Since the June 2009 coup in his country, Trochéz had documented a pattern of disappearances and killings of...

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