Summer and Fall 2018

December 2018

Episode 36: A humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico Border has brought out the best in people along the Southwest. Elias Cantu and Summer Joy Gonzales are working nonstop to help feed, clothe and provide medical assistance to Asylum Seekers from Africa, Asia and Latin American who are fleeing violence and poverty. Listen now.

November 2018

Episode 35:  Meet the boy from Cuidad Juarez who grew up to become a Scientist, fighting to save our world from climate change. Jorge Ramos talks about the Blue Carbon Initiative, climate refugees, and more. Listen now.

Episode 34: The Hispanic Federation's David Perez talks about working in the Latinx community, helping individuals and institutions access important resources for success. Plus he talks about his advocacy in the LGBTQ Community. Listen now.

October 2018

Episode 33: Meet the newest face on the cable news talk show circuit: Democratic Strategist Raul M. Alvillar. He shares his journey from rural New Mexico to inside the White House -- changing the lives of LGBTQ people and the Latinx community along the way.  Listen now

September 2018

Episode 32: While politicians skirt the issue, Generation Progress is talking about affordable higher education, the student loan debt crisis, and holding student debt profiteers accountable. Senya Merchant and Christian Umbria Smith walk us through their Higher Ed/Not Debt Initiative to help current and former college students. Listen now. 

Episode 31: Ready to serve abroad? Peace Corps is hiring throughout Latin America and across the planet. Volunteer Joshua Alvarez talks about his work in Costa Rica and navigating personal relationships in his village while being out in a machismo culture. Listen now. 

August 2018

Episode 30: Lisbeth Melendez Rivera talks about being a part of an LGBTQ response group Waves Ahead which has rebuilt homes in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Her group is providing aid to the most marginalized populations on the island, which include the LGBTQ community. Listen now.

Episode 29: Transgender Activist and Community Leader Bamby Salcedo shares her journey from an undocumented immigrant to an international social justice advocate fighting against oppression and transphobia at all levels of society. Listen now.

July 2018

Episode 28: Bianca Ortiz Wertheim, the only Latina serving as a Chief of Staff in the U.S. Senate, talks to the podcast about working in politics, the immigration reform fight, preventing sexual harassment on the Hill, and the best food to try when visiting her home state of New Mexico. Listen now.

Episode 27: Jesse Garcia shares his short story “The Little Charro,” about growing up in South Texas and gender bending in the Latino Community long before it was safe or accepted. Listen now.

Winter and Spring 2018

June 2018

Episode 26: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Volunteer Andy Sampson talks about his organization, how the nonprofit has served as the first contact for many families dealing with the coming out process, and how the organization is adapting to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking families. Listen now.

Episode 25: Meet the Latina in charge of making the National Museum of the American Latino a reality: Francella Chinchilla. Learn about the process and progress to bring Latino History to the National Mall alongside other Smithsonian Institute Museums. Listen now. 

Episode 24: Immigration Attorney Cameron Chong breaks down the process for green card holders to become U.S. citizens and shares the common issues LGBTQ immigrants face during the naturalization process. Listen now. 

May 2018

Episode 23: Ruben Gonzales from the Victory Institute talks about recruiting and training the next generation of LGBTQ leaders to run for office. We’ll talk about what type of leaders his organization is looking for and the qualities of successful political candidates. Listen now.

Episode 22: Financial Advisor Joe Bautista shares a basic knowledge of saving for retirement. The former Marine shares his journey to financial independence and writing his book “More You Know, More You Grow,” which encourages readers to keep learning each day to improve their quality of life. Listen now.

Episode 21: Civil Rights Attorney Paul D. Castillo talks about his work with Lambda Legal, his part in making Marriage Equality the law of the land, his current work with Transgender students, and his advice for future lawyers. Listen now.

Episode 20: Latinx and LGBTQ homeless youth are turning to the Latin American Youth Center for assistance and are finding hope with Program Manager Angela Gonzalez, who is finding them homes and ways to reconnect them with their families. Listen now.

April 2018

Episode 19: From Honduras to the Obama White House: Raffi Freedman-Gurspan talks to The Jesse Garcia Show about her political career that took her from the Massachusetts State House to the White House — serving as the first Transgender staffer. We will also learn about her important work with the National Center for Transgender Equality. Listen now.

Episode 18: Gay Latino Jack Harrison Quintana leads the social justice arm of Grindr, the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people. We talk about how the app connects communities differently throughout the world and how he uses Grindr’s technology to promote sexual health and social justice. Listen now.

Episode 17: Iraq War Veteran Gina Ortiz Jones talks about her Congressional run, the needs of her future district which makes up 40 percent of the U.S/Mexico border, and the history she'll make being the first LGBT woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Listen now.

Episode 16: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's Jazmin Garcia. CHCI's Jazmin Garcia talks about programs that open doors for Latinx students to come get an experience of a lifetime in Washington DC.  Listen now.

Episode 15: DC Gay Legend and Latino GLBT History Founder Jose Gutierrez talks about his work as a public health worker during the AIDS epidemic, his advocacy for the LGBT Latinx community, and being an LGBT Historian in his silver years. Listen now.

March 2018

Episode 14: National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials President Pauline Medrano talks about empowering the next generation of leaders, preparing the community for the 2020 Census, and running for political office. Listen now.

Episode 13: PrEP Navigator Luis Felipe Cebas. Learn about the pill that prevents HIV infection. Whitman Walker Clinic's Luis Felipe Cebas talks about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Listen now.

Episode 12: Dallas City Councilman Omar Narvaez. Meet the latest Progressive Voice at Dallas City Hall, Omar Narvaez. We'll talk about his District, making the leap from activist to politician, and where to find the best tacos in Dallas! Listen now.

Episode 11: Gays Against Guns - Aaron Overman. Gays Against Guns’ Aaron Overman visits the podcast to talk about the LGBTQ community’s direct action response to gun violence. Listen now. 

February 2018

Episode 10: 2018 Elections with Nathan Gonzales of Inside Elections

Political Analyst Nathan Gonzales discusses the 2018 elections, what analysts got wrong in 2016, and the 2020 Presidential Latino candidate he calls "refreshing." Listen now.

Episode 9: La Historia - Ranald Woodaman, Smithsonian Latino Center

Exhibitions and Public Programs Director Ranald Woodaman talks about upcoming programs, history of the center, and museum recommendations for your DC trip this summer! Listen now.

Episode 8: La Promotora - Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Latina Institute. Gonzalez-Rojas visits the podcast to talk about building Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice. Listen now.

Episode 7: El Estado Nuevo - U.S. Representative (Shadow) Franklin Garcia. Washington DC's Shadow U.S. Representative Franklin Garcia talks about the need for DC statehood. Are you ready for the 51st State of New Columbia? Listen now.

January 2018

Episode 6: El Reportero - Alberto Mendoza, National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Mendoza visits the podcast to discuss the lack of Hispanic reporters in our nation's newsrooms, the concerns of Hispanic Journalists, and, a nonprofit he launched to recognize LGBTQ Hispanic role models. Listen now.

Episode 5: La Diva - Confessions of a Gay Flight Attendant - Alejandro Contreras. Meet the Diva that rules 35,000 feet up in the sky. Contreras talks about being a flight attendant, battling homophobia, bad passenger habits, and that pesky turbulence. Learn about a career that will see tremendous growth in the next decade. Are you ready for adventure? Buckle up! Listen now.  

Episode 4: La Poderosa - Activist Alexa Rodriguez. DC Community Leader Alexa Rodriguez visits the podcast to talk about the 2018 Creating Change Conference. She will also share her journey as an HIV+ Transgender Immigrant working for equality. Listen now.

Episode 3: El Movimiento - League of United Latin American Citizens' Brent Wilkes. LULAC, the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States, visit the podcast. The group's chief executive officer, Brent Wilkes, talks about the 2018 agenda and issues important to Latino families. Listen now. 


December 2017

Episode 2: El Valiente - Daniel Hernandez, Jr. Rising political star Daniel Hernandez Jr. talks about seeking office, the importance of family, and advocating for gun violence prevention. Listen now. 

Episode 1: La Tamalada - Alberto Flores, El Tamalero. Learn about the history of tamales, family traditions, and how Gay Latinos in D.C. came up with a Tamalada to save the day. Listen now.