When you’re queer and Latinx, you may have unique needs. That’s where Latino LinQ comes in. Meet Humberto Orozco and his American dream.
The Atlanta-based non-profit, founded in 2015, facilitates support services for Latinx LGBTQ people who need healthcare and legal assistance.
Orozco, the organization’s president, helped get out the Latinx vote for the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials before coming on board with Latino LinQ.
He sits down with Q to talk about his journey from Mexico to Georgia, working at Latino LinQ, and the essentials he couldn’t live without.
How did you get from Mexico to Georgia?
My dad dreamed up a future with more opportunities for his six children, so after winning over mom's approval, we made the nearly 1900-mile trek north from our native Michoacan and settled in Gainesville, Ga. The top priority for my parents was affording me and my siblings an opportunity that could open up a world of possibilities — an education in the U.S. We come from a rural background, where economic opportunities were scarce, and that's another reason my parents made the tough decision to leave our home in Mexico in pursuit of the American Dream.
What was the transition like?
As an eight-year-old, it was not easy adapting to a completely new culture, but it wasn't as challenging for me as it was for my older siblings, especially at school. Fitting in was challenging because I could only communicate with the two Latinx kids in my third-grade classroom. Determined to not feel like an outsider, I quickly picked up English and started making new friends.
What are your favorite part and most challenging parts being president of Latino LinQ?
I'm a volunteer, just like the rest of the board,and Latino LinQ has been volunteer-led and operated since it was founded. In my role as president of the board, I love witnessing the enthusiasm in working towards a common goal: improving Latino LinQ's focus to better serve our community. The challenge lies in attempting to schedule face-to-face meetings when all of us have competing schedules, but that's OK because we make it work one way or another.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what’s the book, song and food you couldn’t do without?
If I was Tom Hanks in Cast Away, I could not do without any Nicholas Sparks tearjerkers like The Notebook, Celia Cruz's “La Vida Es Un Carnaval,” and a Costco tub of mac-n-cheese.
What’s something that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I enjoy cold showers in the morning. Friends tell me my baking skills are above average. Some would be surprised to find out that I'm an Atlanta United season ticket holder and once held UGA football season tickets.
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Photo by Russ Youngblood.
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