By Marlene Peralta
Special to am NewYork
Puerto Ricans paved the way for other Latinos in New York City. Today, new generation continues to establish footholds in a variety of fields. amNew York has identified five Puerto Ricans who are establishing their names in the Big Apple. Their areas of expertise are diverse – music, politics and social services, to name a few – but their impact is sure to grow.
Pedro Julio Serrano, 35, spokesman for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: “As the first openly gay candidate to run for office in Puerto Rico, I encountered a lot of homophobia from political and religious leaders that led me to put aside a political career in favor of human rights activism. Since then, I have been fighting to achieve equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Puerto Ricans.”
Meagan ‘La Mamita Mala’, 33, writer, poet, publisher and managing editor of vivirlatino.com
Gustavo Rivera, 34, former teaching fellow, he is a candidate for the 33rd State Senate District, challenging Pedro Espada Jr.
Angelica Negrón, 28, composer, music-teaching artist
Ramón J. Cruz, 34, environmental policy specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy