Travel Experts: H.Luiz Martinez
confused when I told them because they had caught me with girls in my room dozens of times before.
Once I accepted who I was, a Beautiful Gay Latino Male, I was awesome! I imagine it was harder on my family, but I grew up pretty okay. I felt that I was gay a few months shy of my 18th birthday. I came out to my family a few months after that, but I wasn’t completely out (workplace, other family members and other friends), until I was about 25 years old. CM: When did you decide to travel the world and present it to others? HLM: I’ve been traveling for a long time. I always felt empowered and called on to help LGBT & Latino Communities in the United States, however I didn’t merge my activism and love for travel until about 5 years ago. I figured out how to present my travels to audiences while serving my communities
and other impoverished groups while visiting other countries. While traveling with my Partner and on a few media tours, I came to understand just how good I had it being a gay man born and living in the United States. Now I’m not saying that our country is perfect- especially for LGBT& Latin communities, but when you contrast that to the Caribbean, you see just how lucky we are. So, to help others, teach what I know, share what learn and spread joy where I could, became “the mission” or the cause. I felt very excited to do the most that I could. I have a very large active audience so I have to mention that they have helped me help others as well. CM: Where in the world have you traveled and do you have a favorite spot on earth? HLM: I have traveled to many countries among 3 continents, but lately it has been frequent travels
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