Amanda Hurtado

Interviewed By Tamara Oyola Santiago

(Entrevista en Español/Interview in Spanish.) Amanda Hurtado habla con Tamara Oyola Santiago sobre su vida en Ecuador y el cambio que ella vivió al venir a los Estados Unidos. En esta linda conversación, Amanda comparte su historia, hablándonos de las barreras personales, familiares y culturales que encontró y superó en su camino de aceptarse y cómo lo logró con la ayuda de varias comunidades y organizaciones en Queens, Nueva York. La entrevista termina con Amanda contándonos sobre las personas que la inspiran, sus metas personales y su dedicación a ayudar a la comunidad LGBT. (Resumo por Julie Olson y Daniel Villena.) Amanda Hurtado speaks with Tamara Oyola Santiago about her life in Ecuador and the change she experienced upon coming to the United States. In this intimate conversation, Amanda shares her history, telling us about the personal, family, and cultural barriers that she faced and overcame in her journey of acceptance and how she succeeded with the help of various comm... Read more

(Entrevista en Español/Interview in Spanish.) Amanda Hurtado habla con Tamara Oyola Santiago sobre su vida en Ecuador y el cambio que ella vivió al venir a los Estados Unidos. En esta linda conversación, Amanda comparte su historia, hablándonos de las barreras personales, familiares y culturales que encontró y superó en su camino de aceptarse y cómo lo logró con la ayuda de varias comunidades y organizaciones en Queens, Nueva York. La entrevista termina con Amanda contándonos sobre las personas que la inspiran, sus metas personales y su dedicación a ayudar a la comunidad LGBT. (Resumo por Julie Olson y Daniel Villena.) Amanda Hurtado speaks with Tamara Oyola Santiago about her life in Ecuador and the change she experienced upon coming to the United States. In this intimate conversation, Amanda shares her history, telling us about the personal, family, and cultural barriers that she faced and overcame in her journey of acceptance and how she succeeded with the help of various communities and organizations in Queens, New York. The interview concludes with Amanda telling us about the people who inspire her, her personal goals, and her dedication to helping the LGBT community. (Summary by Julie Olson and Daniel Villena.)

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Interview Data

Date of Interview
March 15, 2018
Location of Interview
The New School, New York, New York
Place of birth
Ecuador
Occupations
Trabajadora
Pronombre
Ella
Año de Nacimiento
1966
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