The event is part of our Honoring Intersections: Celebrating LGBTQ2+ Latinx Ancestors & Legacies project, which is made possible by a grant from Nevada Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Honoring Intersections project seeks to expand Latinx and Hispanic cultural events with LGBTQ2+ history. Dia de los Muertos is Mexican holiday which celebrates the lives of the ones we have lost.
It is believed that loved ones may return to Earth on this holiday. Dia de los Muertos is not viewed as a day of sadness, but as a day of celebration & honoring of life. Part of the holiday is construction of ofrendas (altars) complete with pictures of loved ones of other individuals of importance who have passed, foods & fruits to share with them, and candles.
The event will consist of a community ofrenda (altar), arts & craft activities, education on LGBTQ2+ ancestors, cultural performances, Still Here/Todavia Aqui art gallery opening by Felicia Perez, and food & drinks.
Sylvia Rivera Center for Social Justice is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing advocacy, outreach, education, mental health services, and other services rooted in social justice to marginalized & oppressed communities within the Greater Reno area with a specialization in LGBTQ2+ communities of color.