Latin Londoner #6: Gloria Lizcano

Celebrating 20 years of her legendary Latino LGBT Club night Exilio this Friday, Gloria Lizcano has been the pioneer and main activist for the Latin LGBT community in London.

My first memory was watching TV with a friend of mine, I was about six, and we kissed for the first time; my grandmother caught us! Problem: my friend was a girl.

I lost my mother at the early age of seven, but I believe I took her creative side. From my Dad, a Business Head.

The most useful piece of advice I’ve been given “Clarity is power” (Anthony Robins)

I believe in God, I just don't believe the people that choose to preach certain parts of the bible that renders our lives sinful.

My favourite film is ‘All About My Mother’ by Pedro Almodovar. It covers many aspects of my life, complex issues such as homosexuality, transsexualism, AIDS, and faith.

The CD Compilation that made my forte as a Latin DJ was the 14 Cañonazos Bailables,’a compilation of Discos Fuentes biggest hits since 1961. From this CD I got to discovered the talented artists that I now feel so passionate about.

The most underrated virtue is kindness. Be kind whenever possible ­ It is always possible.

The most overrated virtue is confidence; it often plays havoc with our judgment and decision-making processes.

Western society is paranoid about sex. I think people should get their rocks off in any and every consensual way that interests them, and society will be all the better for it.

The Florida Gay Club massacre had a huge impact on me. Few people mention that is was a Latino Gay club and that most of the victims were Gay Latinos.

Brexit took us by surprise, and with so many hate crimes taking place, it's just the beginning.

My favourite word is Passion. Just saying it puts a smile on my face.

The word I most dislike is Lesbian. I do not refer to women that like women as Lesbians, just women.

My favourite question is ‘who converted you?’ You’d be surprised how many times gay people get asked that. I have plenty to say and not in a good way: I was not converted, I am who I am because it feels right.

If I could go back in time I would go back to when I was a child and I had my mother alive, so that I could re-live the love that I miss so much.

Exilio’s 20th Anniversary with a Great Gatsby theme takes place on Saturday 17th September at Muse, 23 Frifth Street, London W1D 4RR, from 8pm.