Qulture Year in Review 2013

The economy was rebuilt in the U.S., Same-sex marriage is legally recognized by the federal government in eighteen states and Nelson Mandela passed away leaving behind a legacy. However, 2013 also brought an array of pleasant events memories and stories for the queer people of color community at Qulture.[highlight color=”eg. yellow, black”]…[/highlight]

Qulture.org is a platform in digital space where we as queer people of color can share our raw stories, unearthed perspectives and lives with the world. We are a diverse group of 50 contributors with 30 bloggers that post between once a week to once a month.

Below is a summary of Qulture’s significant moments for the year that just ended.

1/ Qulture hit 3,000 likes on Facebook.

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2/ Qulture’s co-founder, Jacky Guerrero, interviewed President Obama in a Fireside Chat on Google Hangout representing Qulture, the undocumented community and queer people of color.

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3/ Qulture hosted monthly hiking trips in the Hollywood Hills for Chinese New Year, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice (Freddy Lee and Jonathan M).

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A number of the QPOC in this photo did not know each other before the hiking trip, but over the 1.5 hour hike, they became very familiar with each other’s goals and aspirations.
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Our goal with the monthly hiking trips is to create a culture around reflection in nature, community building in non-traditional environments and sharing with your community for support and love.




















4/ Qulture was mentioned at SegreGAYtion by our contributor, Ronnie Veliz, a public talk recognizing the stories of undocumented queer Latinos, with surprise guest – Dolores Huerta. (Ronnie Veliz)

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Dolores Huerta and Ronnie Veliz in Bakersfield







































5/ Qulture organized two Santa Cruz premieres of the film “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners” in Santa Cruz, raising $200 for the websites’ hosting and maintenance. (Brianna and Jonathan)






















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The movie-goers wait eagerly for the doors to the sold out movie to open 


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Brianna Morales, Qulture Intern 2013
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Tam Welch, Gender and Sexuality Specialist (left) and Bettina Aptheker, Professor and Activist (right)

6/ Qulture in collaboration with UCSC had 15 undergraduate students conducting media research, queer new media analysis, art-ivism through digital media and collaborative projects related to the network.  (Jonathan)

Jessica Jones (left), Brianna Morales, Tania Ramos, and Carla Zamparripa (right)
Jessica Jones (left), Brianna Morales, Tania Ramos, and Carla Zamparripa (right)




Karina Lopez (left), Aaron Cruz, Nahuitochtli Kimberly Rios, Margarita Carachero, Brianna Morales, and Tania Ramos (right)














7/ Qulture’s Victor Yates produced and launched over 8 original video projects including Q&A’s and event documentation. (Victor Yates)

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Click on image to go to youtube page


8/ Qulture’s new spiritual blog series with daily affirmations by Victor Lomeli inspired a reader to begin a noteworthy community project.

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9/ Qulture sponsored the Long Beach Pride Teen Youth by donating hot dogs for the lunch and stickers as keepsakes. (Cyn Da poet & Antonio X Garcia).























10/ Qulture held a fundraiser in Culver City and received $800 in donations going towards development of the mobile app. A special performance/roast by Karen blew the lid off the networking portion of the night (Karen, Brianna…+)

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Qulture Staff: Web Developer, Kenneth Morrison, (left), Co-founder, Antonio X , Contributor and Board Member, Alessandro Negrete, Co-Founder, Freddy Lee and Board Member, Cyn Gonzalez (right)
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Queer people of color networking by the fireplace over wine.
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Blogger, Karen receives a certificate of recognition by co-founder, Jonathan


Qulture's Staff being recognized at fundraiser: Kenneth Morrison (left), Antonio Garcia, Alessandro Negrete, Freddy Lee and Cyn Gonzalez (right)
Qulture fiscal supporter and legal consultant, Nate Kelly, with his beautiful date for the fundraiser.
















11/ Qulture exhibited a series of vlogs titled “Candid QPOC (Queer People of Color) Memoirs” at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz. We give electronic consumer products the role of the canvass to present webcam videos of individuals discussing their queer ethnic identities. These videos were also launched as a weekly web video series on YouTube.com.

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Abraham Aragundi and Maya Lopez setting up our exhibition which consisted of a 25×15 area to mimic the Apple Store.
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Each screen displayed a different testimonial and heartfelt story about what it means to be a QPOC.
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Co-Founder, Jonathan Menendez, assists a museum visitor and explains the purpose of the interactive installation.










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Some of the UCSC research assistants from the Winter 2013 quarter.



Here are all the videos from the above exhibit stitched together into one Youtube video. To watch all of the individual videos, visit our Youtube Page. Happy New Year Qulture Fam-unity!


Jonathan Menendez is a digital media entrepeneur/producer that focuses his work on the empowerment of marginalized communities through emergent media, specifically trans-queer people of color. His projects include the production of a documentary on gay Latino culture in L.A., the founding and creative development of xQsi Magazine and Qulture. He founded the Latin@ Queer Arts and Film Festival that is a collaboration with the LA LGBT Center. He has shared his work as a panelist at The Queer Media Conference, The People of Color Film Festival: FUSION and the the Queer Students of Color Conferences. He has worked as a consultant for AIDS Project Los Angeles/UCSF under the department of research with George Ayala to ensure a diverse sample of Latino recruits for a study. He just completed his graduate degree with an emphasis on Digital Art and New Media from the University of California Santa Cruz where he also served as a teaching assistant for two years.

One thought on “Qulture Year in Review 2013

  • December 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I’m so happy and excited to be part of the Q-Family and only look forward to 2014 as we release the Q-App!


    – cyn


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