Samantha and Guillermo Moreno, gay siblings, tell of coming out to their traditional Latino family (Video)
It is natural for parents to daydream about their children’s future and to worry about the things which may cause misery or harm to them. In many Hispanic families — which tend to be socially conservative — a child being gay is often seen in a negative light, because of the family members’ own beliefs or due to fears of how others will treat their loved ones.
These were not easy questions for Olga Valenzuela Moreno, who came from Culiacan in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, to live in Phoenix, Arizona many years ago. Both, her daughter and son, came out as gay 11 years ago, as they describe in a new documentary video produced by the civil rights advocacy group Cuéntame.
“Dad asked me to go outside, and he goes, ‘what’s wrong with your mom’, and I’m like, ‘I don’t know.’ ‘What’s wrong with your mom?’ He was smoking a cigarette, and I said, ‘Well, ok, I’m gay.’ He happened to be inhaling at the time and he inhaled extremely deeply, like he was going to maybe ingest the whole cigarette,” said Samantha Moreno, 33, in the video.
She was the first to come out, but was followed soon after by her brother, Guillermo Moreno, age 29. “I told my mom and she jerked her head and my dad came walking, crying, and told her, you know, we have another child that is, you know, gay,” said Guillermo — who at the time was studying to become a priest (he is now a graphic designer and entrepreneur).
Cuéntame, part of the non-profit Brave New Foundation, is “a production and documentary campaign organization for Latinos, by Latinos,” according to Axel Caballero, the Mexican-born founding director of the group, in an interview with The Huffington Post.
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