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Celebrate Orgullo to showcase Hispanic LGBT pride Saturday at Museum Park in Miami

Celebrate Orgullo will be held 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Museum Park in Miami.
Celebrate Orgullo will be held 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Museum Park in Miami. Unity Coalition

Celebrate Orgullo, Unity Coalition’s fifth annual free Hispanic LGBT pride festival runs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Museum Park in downtown Miami.

Orgullo is presented in partnership with The Betsy-South Beach, which will sponsor a full day of programming at Saturday’s festival, featuring Hispanic writers E.E. Charlton-Trujillo, Johnny Diaz, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Carlos Pintado and Jose Ignacio Valenzuela.

For latest details, read Ambiante magazine or visit Orgullo’s Facebook page.

Here’s the latest news release:

For their 5th year, Celebrate ORGULLO goes a month long from Sept 4th to Oct. 3rd, with a multitude of events & happenings… all coming to a climax on October 3rd withORGULLO Carnaval – a lively outdoor festival with multiple stages, international talent, WRITERS, ELEVATE & CULTURAS Pavilions, workshops, games & activities. Most exciting is ORGULLO Carnaval’s move to downtown Miami’s 55 acre MUSEUM PARK, adjacent to the PAMM & Science Miami museums, with a world-class view of the Port of Miami, AAArena, Miami’s ever growing skyline and the historic Freedom Tower.

Performances at ORGULLO Carnaval include DJ’s CITIZEN JANE, DJ REDDY, DJ NANCY STARR, DJ IZZI STARZ & DJ JORGE G who will get you moving from 10am to 9pm. Performances by world-renown Chilean pop star GIOVANNI FALCHETTI, reality & pop princess JEI, the urban beats of LADY M, YUKIOH & DC CRUZ, semi-finalist on TeleMundo’s Yo Soy El Artista EnVEE, musical powerhouse VICTOR VALDEZ, OTI nominated BARBARA ALONSO, Salsa sensation RICHIE ROSARIO, JAYQUAN, Latin Grammy’s first ever trans voting member & golden voiced ABIGAIL PEREIRA, ADRIAN TOCA, the Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, the Mustang Square Dancers, Pride Steel Drum Band, MC MARCO PEREZ, Orlando’s drag diva MC JESSICA LANE, the legendary ADORA, HELEN SWAN, JUSTICE DIVINE, the Dominican Republic’s KISS MUAK and many more surprises.

In celebration of the 5th annual Celebrate ORGULLO Festival, showcasing Hispanic LGBT Pride, Unity Coalition|Coalición Unida and The Betsy-South Beach with its famed Writer’s Room ( are proud to announce their 2015 cultural collaboration: The Writers Salon, bringing Hispanic LGBT writers & their work to South Florida audiences; the ARTNights Series, bringing the best, most celebrated and exciting performers and artists to the Betsy lobby salon; The Celebrate ORGULLO Media & VIP Reception and the Full day of programming at the BETSY WRITERS PAVILION Oct. 3rd at Museum Park in Miami – all part of the 2015 festival events.

“Our partnership with Unity Coaltion/Coalición Unida is an important part of The Betsy’s programming in the LGBT space,” said Betsy owner, Jonathan Plutzik. “This year our Orgullo Literary program invites high school students from regional GSA's (Gay Student Associations) to read, and presents a Festival workshop by one of the country’s leading Young Adult Writers, EE Charlton-Trujillo, winner of the prestigious Stonewall Award," he said

The Writers Salon at The Betsy & WRITERS Pavilion at Museum Park will feature lectures, workshops and events with:


Charlton-Trujillo garnered the Delacorte Dell Yearling Award in 2004 for Prizefighter En Mi Casa. What followed was: the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor, a Flamingnet Top Choice Award, a National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book and made the NYC Public Library Teenage List. Her third novel, Fat Angie, released through Candlewick in March 2013, won the American Library Association’s coveted Stonewall Award in 2014. Fat Angie was also the foundation for a unique book tour to empower at-risk youth via writing and discussion and the catalyst for the feature documentary At-Risk Summer. From that experience was launched a non-profit to bridge the gap between at-risk youth and artists called Never Counted Out. Residency in Betsy Writers Room is 9/30 to 10/5. Appearance at the remote Betsy Writers Room at the Festival is on October 3 with a reading on September 30 in The Betsy salon as part of Orgullo’s PR/Media celebration.


Johnny Diaz is a features reporter at the Sun Sentinel. Prior to that, he was a media reporter for The Boston Globe's Business section and a features writer. Johnny is the author of five novels: Boston Boys Club, Miami Manhunt, Beantown Cubans, and Take the Lead & Looking for Providence. Residency in Betsy Writers Room is 9/22 to 9/26. Appearance at the remote Betsy Writers Room at the Festival is on October 3, with a reading on September 30 in The Betsy salon as part of Orgullo’s PR/Media celebration.


Caridad Moro’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Comstock Review, The Crab Orchard Review, Mis Poesias, The Seattle Review, Slipstream, Spillway, CALYX, The Pedestal, Fifth Wednesday Review, The Lavender Review, As/Us: Women of the World Journal, This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching and others. She is the recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry, and twice nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her award winning chapbook Visionware is available from Finishing Line Press. Ms. Moro did her residency in The Betsy Writers Room during August 2015. Appearance at the remote Betsy Writers Room at The Festival will be on October 3, with a reading on September 30 in The Betsy salon as part of Orgullo’s PR/Media celebration.


A Cuban–American writer, playwright and award-winning poet who immigrated to the United States in the early 90s. He received the prestigious 2014 Paz Prize for Poetry for his book "Nueve Monedas" awarded by the National Poetry Series and published in a bilingual edition by Akashic Press in New York. His book Autorretrato en azul received the Sant Jordi's International Prize for Poetry and his El azar y los tesoros was one of the finalists for Adonais Prize in 2008. He also contributed to The exile Experience: a journey to freedom, coordinated by Cuban American music producer Emilio Estefan. Carlos PIntado debuted at The Betsy during National Poetry Month, 2015, in partnership with O, Miami. He appears at the remote Betsy Writers Room at the Festival on October 3, with a reading on September 30 in The Betsy salon as part of Orgullo’s PR/Media celebration.


José Ignacio Valenzuela Jose Ignacio Valenzuela has developed a vast career as a screenwriter for film and television in Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico and U.S. Among his many books are El filo de tu piel, La Trilogía del Malamor, Salida de Emergencia, ¿De qué color es tu sombra?, La Mujer Infinita and the youth crime series called Cuatro Ojos. In 2012 he was selected by the magazine (The New York Times) as one of the 10 best Latin-American writers under 40. For television he has written more than eighteen soap operas, including La casa de al lado, Dama y obrero & Santa Diabla, which reaped huge ratings and a variety of international awards. The television series Amores (2004), which created and developed, received a 2005 Emmy nomination for "Best Screenplay". The movie Miente (2008), whose script he wrote, was the representative of Puerto Rico in the 2009 Oscar Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. Currently he divides his time between his work as a writer, teaching, and numerous conferences and seminars given in various Latin American countries. He will appear at The Betsy on September 30 in The Lobby Salon as part of Orgullo’s PR/Media celebration.

YOUTH OUTREACH | Working with G. Holmes Braddock Sr. High School's GSA program and coordinator, Professor Caridad Moro, Celebrate ORGULLO/Betsy Writers Room writer-in-residence E.E. Charlton-Trujillo, will visit the school and engage in a presentation and Q and A session with students. Participants will go on to write a flash fiction piece inspired by Charlton-Trujillo's visit. A public presentation of their works will be unveiled at Celebrate Orgullo 2015 Writer's Pavilion on Oct. 3rd at Museum Park. The goal of this project is to promote literacy, the arts, and social awareness and interaction among LGBT students and the community at large. (Please contact Michelle Payer for information on this school appearance, as required by the Miami Dade County Public Schools) Selected students from this program will be present to read at Orgulllo’s media event at Betsy on October 3, 2015.

UNITY COALITION|COALICION UNIDA is a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit whose focus is the Leadership, Protection & Promotion of Latino|Hispanic LGBTQ rights (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) - The only organization of its kind in South Florida since 2002. We are proud to present the Annual Celebrate ORGULLO Festival which highlights, celebrates and supports the contributions of the Hispanic LGBT community.

The Betsy-South Beach is a distinguished landmark property and Miami’s only Four Star luxury boutique hotel. Believing that public spaces can be more than waiting areas, the transformed property has been uniquely recognized by global patrons and media for programs that champion the power of community by cultivating the sights and sounds of art, music and literature. Robust monthly programming in 2015 includes poetry readings, jazz, opera and piano performances, exiled writers in residence, a New York Times best-selling author, literary salons, Writers for Young Readers, April Poetry Month, Global Jazz Party, LGBT programming, the JAHLIT (Jewish American and Holocaust Literature festival), Miami’s first TransArt festival, its first A Cappella festival and first IberoAmerican Literary festival. Carefully curated programming creates community partnerships, gives a voice and stage for underserved artistic communities and opens the hotel’s doors for all to enjoy. The Betsy is located at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida

The Writer’s Room at The Betsy, is a working studio space for visiting writers on Ocean Drive. The project was created as part of Betsy’s continuing effort to link past and present through the arts, and to pay homage to the many 'writing rooms', that existed in pre-war hotels, where guests would record memories and link to home. Visiting writers will use a desk donated to The Betsy by the Hyam Plutzik Centennial Committee to commemorate the poet’s sojourn as a solider in Florida during the 1940’s on his way to war. Born 100 years ago, and a three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist before his death, Hyam Plutzik is the father of Betsy owner Jonathan Plutzik, and is an inspiration for many of Betsy’s literary programs, such as poems on pillows, room libraries, and a lobby-based poetry collection that is open to the public.

Steve Rothaus: 305-376-3770, @SteveRothaus

If you go

Celebrate ORGULLO

MUSEUM PARK | 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday; free