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Peruvian transgender individuals emerge from invisibility to claim their humanity and citizenship in a hostile but evolving culture.
Peruvian transgender individuals emerge from invisibility to claim their humanity and citizenship in a hostile but evolving culture.
42 backers pledged $3,771 to help bring this project to life.

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Activists met with Mayor of Lima

Last week Mishell Romani and other local trans activists met with Susana Villaran, Lima's Mayor and one of the few staunch supporters of LGBT equality and justice.

This meeting was instigated by Chilean activist Andres Rivera, a good friend of mine. During The AIDS Conference in DC i had mentioned to him the need for political support for the struggle of my trans sisters and brothers in Peru and he seized the chance while attending another  conference to arrange a meeting that has already invigorated the base and validated the efforts of our activists.

I share this with you my backers because a copy of our film was given to the Mayor as a reminder of her promises and commitment to the fight for equal rights.

A tool for change indeed!!!


Thank You!


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Screening at ONE:LGBT Archives Tonight!!

  • 7:00pm until 9:30pm
  • EL FUEGO DENTRO(THE FIRE INSIDE)-a new documentary by award winning Peruvian filmmaker Dante Alencastre. The film chronicles the movement for equal rights forged by a group of fiery transgender activists.
    Presented by the California LGBT Arts Alliance and ONE:National Gay & Lesbian Archives.Sponsored by The Transgender Film Festival,The City of West Hollywood,The Black LGBT Project:Impact Stories and OUTFEST.

    Screenings in NY,Lima, Peru and LA

    Dear Backers and friends

    Sorry for the long silence.Have been busy working on the films' slow roll out. We had a kick ass screening in my old hometown NYC. Full house and lively debate.

    I'm exactly 2 weeks i'm going to back to Peru to show the film to the trans community down there. A screening with all the participants with the politicians and policy makers that can make the laws change and create real impact.

    Back in LA for our second screening at LA's Gay & Lesbian Center on Wednesday, SEptember the 19th.

    This screening is being sponsored by TranSolidarity and Transgender Employment Empowerment Project. I am so honored to have them as my sponsors.

    I am still fidgeting with the film so i don't have a screener to send yet. Don't worry i'm getting close to locking picture.

    Grateful to all of you.


    Reminder: Premiere Screening on June 6th.

    Dear Friends of EL FUEGO DENTRO

    It has been a while since i shared with you my journey with this very personal film so it is with great pleasure and pride that i am announcing its first public screening right here in West Hollywood as part of One city/ One Pride.a month long celebration of LGBTQI culture.

    You are invited to attend!

    when: WEdnesday,June 6th at 7:30pm

    where:Council Chambers,625 N. Sn. Vicente blvd.West Hollywood.

    RSVP not necessary.

    Parking on the building adjacent to the library for a fee. 

    there will a Q & A with distinguished activists Bamby Salcedo, Riku Matsuda,Natalie Chang and Shiloh Bentacourt

    See you all there. Spread the word.

    Save the date!!!


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