The Washington Blade in Washington, D.C., does an article in their paper called ‘queery.’ The article is a 20 question profile of a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) person. I post the article as an inspiration to those LGBT or questioning persons who are looking for a role model, some solidarity in interests or background, or just to take comfort in knowing that there is someone else out there who is LGBT.
When it comes to the task of having to tell a client he or she is HIV positive, Juan Carlos Loubriel has seen all the reactions you could imagine.
“Some people have tears, some are just in shock, others are very quiet and just sort of need a little space,” he says. “Sometimes you just need to be quiet and give them time to process it. It’s quite amazing how different human reactions can be.”
The 34-year-old San Juan, Puerto Rico native started in HIV prevention work in San Juan at a health department. His father, who was bisexual, eventually died of AIDS about 12 years ago inspiring Loubriel to stay in the field.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
We need to embrace all issues affecting diverse LGBT groups, including men of color, Latinos, etc. We need to speak with one voice. We cannot be divided by race, class, gender, religion or nationality.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
Love, family and faith.
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
Pretending to be something you are not.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?