Getting Involved: Exploring Latino GBT Volunteerism and Activism in AIDS and LGBT Organizations

Jesus Ramirez-Valles*, Lisa M. Kuhns, Raquel Vázquez, Gregory D. Benjamin

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The purpose of this article is to investigate the community involvement (e.g., volunteerism, activism) of Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender persons (GBT) in two areas: AIDS/LGBT and other general causes. Drawing from volunteering and identity theories, we explore the following: Who is likely to get involved? What factors affect variation in the levels of involvement? Where do Latino GBT participate and what do they do? Data come from a cross-sectional sample (N = 643) of Latino GBT in Chicago, Illinois, and San Francisco, California. We found high levels of involvement, but primarily focused on AIDS/LGBT. Involvement appears to be driven by income, early involvement, role modeling, and childhood stigmatization of gender nonconformity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-36
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Latino
  • activism
  • gay men
  • volunteering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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