Horatio Roquette Roquette Ramirez, Los Angeles, Queer Central American Literature Quranic Literature discussed on Latino Rebels Radio
Got an readings. Greetings greetings manuals that dominated the Washington all points beyond this is Oscar Fernandes. And you're listening to a Latino Media Calico recorded did the studios are WPF w eighty nine point three FM Washington and. He's to Columbia here on this Friday November first two thousand Nineteen Russell also heard on the Internet on own website. which is Latino media collective DOT COM? You can also find us on twitter. The name at L.. MC underscores show and of course live live on WPF WWL FM that orgy WBZ FW FM Dot. Org once again. This is Oscar Fernandez today on a show. We'll continue our special series on the undocumented and LGBTQ experience the marginalized group within the marginalized group the caravan within the caravan. And on this episode we spend the hour remembering while the unsung heroes in documenting the Latinos. LGBTQ community the late. Great Professor Horatio Rookie Ramirez recognized by his peers as a scholar of the invisible able and forgotten. The work of Amita shows how close to the front lines the Latinos Lgbtq community really was to the beginnings of the AIDS AIDS epidemic in one thousand nine hundred eighty s during his academic career. He helped bring ideas like queer survival and queer theory three to Latinos academia as a result a younger generation of Latina scholars have taken his teachings and research urge to further raise awareness of the struggle for Latinos. LGBTQ rights both here and abroad horatio sure rookie. Ramirez may no longer be with us but his legacy lives on thanks to help scholars and independent journalists like today's guests so we're I was in studio. Today is Giuliani Album Inga. He's a freelance writer for the body DOT com. He has a two thousand eighteen. Obituary entitled Remembering Horatio Roquette Roquette Ramirez and. He joins us again in studio today. Welcome to show Giuliani album anger. Thank you so much for having me Oscar and actually is good to have you with us because we had you right about this time last year as well in this undocumented and the LGBTQ Sary's so it's actually great to meet you in person here. It's really nice to be here. I Love ACM excited to to you. Know what else you ain't GonNa like share the work that he's done. I know a lot of people have a connection and feel very I'm saddened over the fact that he left us. Oh abruptly but they're still so much to talk about so much to honor so thank you for having me. Yeah it's been four years years since his passing and it's not an understatement to say these unsung heroes in this type of academia. So let's just start right there. Let's go straight to the million dollar question for those people who do not know even those within the Lgbtq community who was ratio rocket. AMEDEE's Yes yes. So professor will get Ramirez was a gay Salvadorian man who grew up in Los Angeles His his sister is actually a reporter. She works for I don't know if it's either Telemundo. Only these young. She's very well known in the Los Angeles community as a reporter as an anchor and Yeah so he he definitely left behind a legacy of like Central American identity especially in Los Angeles because an and also me having grown up in east Los Angeles you know like he his his legacy and what he wrote about also really resonates with a lot of us. Queer Central Ngel Americans who grew up in so cal and so even though his research also took place in San Francisco area. Because that's where he did his research he went to ooh Berkeley and then He. He's just started to like a lot of what he did. As a Grad student came from interviewing queer people in Seon John who are like you know Latinos and honestly like Lemme cion also has like that very similar quality that Los Angeles folks have you. You know it's definitely about being with Winnie that and and just being able to like walks the streets and you kind of feel the sense that you're at home especially with like the dialogue log that you hear. And and the people that you encounter and so. His research really did heavily focused on Queer Latino Latino folks living in the mission and how. HIV played such a huge role back then especially in his time. When this was a very new MM situation that people were going through very different than my own generation now I I became HIV positive in a time when there was now medicine. Edison that you could become undetectable back then. Undetectable wasn't even a word. People would have thought that they could accomplish. You know and so it was definitely a different world world than I appreciate that. He was brave enough to sue. Take those stories with him and and be the scholar of the invisible and your article recall also brought to my attention this particular field of Latino. LGBTQ -demia is really very lively more so on the a west coast in it is perhaps here in the east coast and rookie dummied is is is a fine example of that so one of his works that you mentioned in in your article remembering him is essay entitled that this this desire for queer survival this desire for queer survival. Can you tell us about this. I say 'cause you actually read it you yes so this essay he He he really does talk a lot about his His struggles with with with his research and also being like understanding himself as a gay Salvadoran Person. You know it's a very personal almost like manifesto memoir for that he writes and it's very intimate and well written and this is actually one of the few pieces of writing that I have where I feel like. I can deeply connect with Osceola because like I said before though he did guide me along with some of my research. He wasn't Santa Barbara when I was an Undergrad at Berkeley so we didn't really get a chance to see each other a lot. You know I would write to him. Every so often he would respond. He would give me a list of readings that I could. You know. Brush up on for the work that I was doing because I was doing a summer fellowship at the time and I was doing research around Queer Central American Literature Quranic literature and so he was just giving me some riders to brush up on some queer riders that could connect with and so those were the few interactions that I had with us and so reading this memoir. I feel like I got to see another side of him a little bit more intimate outside of like corresponding talking about research. This is definitely something more intimate that he was sharing for people to understand and what really really resonates with me and this is obviously me reading this article. After his passing was something kind of reading between the lines. You could sense where he was talking about how. I don't want academia to kill me because he also shared how you know. He had lost people as well along this way. And it just really resonated with me because it just told me how violent these institutions are. How institutional racism can really grapple you and That's actually something that I'm personally dealing with in my law school too so now coming from that perspective and understanding how it is to be Queer Central American person person in the spaces and the politics of it all can be very consuming. And what do you do. What are your healthy outlets? You know so. Even though he was no longer with us I always see him as one of my ancestors. One of my mentors and for better for worse you know I I understand that he was battling demons and so so and things that he had you know and so for me. It's always like regardless of that like understanding him as a mess throat. Like what would what could I do. Also to navigate situation nations similar to the ones he may be had faced in as in these institutions. And so that that article that that piece of writing that he wrote was just just very well written and intimate for me absolutely and this is precisely wanted to reasons why we do this undocumented and Lgbtq series to bring the spotlight to unsung heroes like Horatio Rookie Ramirez and I myself may not be as you queue but as a student of journalism. Listen one of the things in your article in remembering him. They really caught my attention. That really excited me. As as far you're seeing how does can be used a right way. In a productive way is perhaps to USA bitchy raise in documenting the Latinos Sergio Btcu community. I wonder if you could walk us through Horatio's method of using obituaries as a means of documentation. And before you answer that the reason this stimulates me is because for lack of better term. I was taught in journalism school that you know studying or or in this case covering the obituaries the graveyard shift of newspapers in that. You know it's a lot of sadness and heartbreak conveyed in in documenting documenting these sort of things but at the same time as journalists. This is information. That's in the public record. And based on what rookie administed very very valuable information as a result can so. Can you walk us through this this use of obituaries in documentation yes so his methodologies were very very unique nique and I know that must have not been easy to document these stories. As a matter of fact I remember doing my research and recalling that one of his colleagues who he wrote the book with Roy wrote a book with had mentioned that Yeah.