Roberto Tijerina

Southerners On New Ground.
Roberto Tijerina is a queer Latino first-generation child of immigrants, keeper of the heart-space, and closet diva. Since becoming politicized in his early adolescence around language as a tool of power and his emerging queerness, Roberto has worked as an activist focusing on LGBT, immigrant, and language rights. His experience includes working for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Highlander Research and Education Center, and the Audre Lorde Project. He currently serves as Co-Director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG). He has worked for many years as a freelance interpreter and interpreter trainer. In his many years organizing, he has maintained close ties to the immigrant community in which he was raised, working on issues of literacy, second-language learning, and civil rights.

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