“[Marco] was a passionate advocate who spoke truth to power in defense of his community, a vast and diverse group of people connected by struggle.”
Yesterday, we received the unexpected and heartbreaking news that our former colleague, dear friend, and partner in the fight for the civil rights of our communities Marco Castro-Bojorquez, has passed. Marco was an internationally known and revered activist who dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of those living with HIV, LGBTQ people, and immigrants. He was a decorated filmmaker, whose films “Tres Gotas de Agua” and “El Canto del Colibri” put a spotlight on the often untold stories of family relationships and acceptance in Latinx and immigrant communities.
“There are no words to express the sadness of Marco’s loss. He was a passionate advocate who spoke truth to power in defense of his community, a vast and diverse group of people connected by struggle,” said Lambda Legal Western Regional Director, Shedrick Davis. “Marco saw the beauty and strength of a collective and intersectional movement that together resisted and fought back against the systems that marginalized people of color, immigrants, people living with HIV, transgender people, people living with disabilities, sex workers, and young people. On a personal level, Marco was a thoughtful friend quick to offer a kind word of encouragement and who celebrated everyone’s successes. He will be greatly missed. We can honor Marco’s memory by continuing to fight like hell for the most vulnerable among us, but also by doing our part to make the world kinder, more inclusive, and more fun. We send our deepest condolences to Marco’s family, his friends, and all of the people touched by his work; there are so many and he loved you all very much.”