The Hearts of Venezuela
For Out's Travel issue cover story, we journeyed to Latin America for an investigative report uncovering the daily plight of LGBTQ+ migrants. In a series of investigations, interviews, and profiles, Out gained a look inside the life of queer Venezuelans, many of whom escaped to the U.S. or neighboring Latin American countries. Here, they are celebrated as the justice warriors they are.
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Crossing part of la trocha, where refugees illegally cross the border into Colombia.
Refugee communities that camp out in la trocha below the bridge between Venezuela and Colombia.
One of the many vendors that line the streets of la parada, just inside the border of Colombia.
Michelle Quiroz in a plaza in Cucuta, Colombia.
Refugee camps that line the street of la parada inside the Colombian border.
Refugees lining the street of la parada.
A friendly shop owner in Cucuta.
Just inside the border into Venezeula from Colombia, via the Simon Bolivar International Bridge, where thousands crossed daily pre-pandemic.
Michelle Quiroz at the Venezuelan border.
Ruby Diaz just inside the border of Colombia.
Estrella Fuentes below the border bridge in la trocha.
Michelle Quiroz, Estrella Fuentes, Michell Lopez, and Ruby Diaz at the Venezuelan border.
Gustavo Acosta on the streets of New York City.
Yonatan Matheus and Wendell Oviedo at their new home in Brooklyn.
Yonatan Matheus at a park near his home in Brooklyn.
Yonatan Matheus and Wendell Oviedo walk their home streets in Brooklyn.
Tibisay Castaned sharing the story of how she left Venezuela.
Katerine Pileggi describing the experience of making a new home in New York City.
Tibisay Castaneda and Katerine Pileggi escaped Venezuela together and are using their love story to help LGBTQ+ migrants find their own road to freedom.