Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity
Debut author and journalist Paola Ramos travels to near and far corners of the country in search of Latin-X voices that illustrate a growing movement and represent a community of young Latinos that hold more political, social, and cultural relevance today than ever before
Latinos are the youngest demographic in the country, with an estimated 32.5 million millennials and Gen Zers across the country. Ten out of six Latinos are millennials or younger and, every single year, one million Latinos turn eighteen. Latin-X: How a New Movement is Changing the Country will take millions of young Latinos—including the author herself—on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment, shedding light on the voices that have been brewing yet overlooked for years. From Afro-Latinos to Trans-Latinos, border town Latinos to the young Cuban-Americans in Miami, this book will give life to the cryptic term ’Latin-X’.
Latin-X was a term that originated as a way to be more inclusive towards queer and gender non-confirming members of the larger Latino community. However, over the years, the scope of the term has grown, reflecting a movement that is currently underway across the country: fifty-eight million Latinos are in the midst of rediscovering what their diverse identity means. Today, the “X” is an invitation to any Latino that has ever felt left out of the community. LatinX is a term that seeks to transcend demographics, disrupt stereotypes and create a more cohesive community.
This book is also deeply personal to the author, as it is also the first time she will be coming out publicly as a queer Latina. “I am queer, I am Latina, I am Cuban, Mexican and first-generation American,” she says, “These are words I have never been ashamed of saying out loud—but there’s a difference between passive recognition and really owning one’s blood.”