PRIDE tells the stories of youth who identify as LGBTQ+ in inner city neighborhoods like Boyle Heights and South LA. These youth are advocates who are working to bring visibility to the LGBTQ+ community and change the narrative to break down stereotypes and show them for who they are, thriving, positive and influential members of our communities.
My name is Nathalie Diaz. I am 16 years old and a junior at Ramona Convent Secondary School. I aspire to become a nurse and a writer. My future career is motivated by many of my favorite things: helping people, living out God’s word to be a service to others, telling stories, and expression through the power of words. This “combined career” also comes from the motivation of both of my parents. My mom and dad support me in many different ways, and have different aspirations for me, but they both remain to be my #1 supporters. I am so grateful for everything they do for me and my brother. They push me to do my best and accomplish everything to my heart’s desires.
Some of my hobbies include spending time with my wonderful friends and family, volunteering, reading, and photography.
There is no doubt, photography is something I will always keep close to my heart, even if I do not pursue a career in that field. Photography has offered me more opportunities than I could have possibly imagined and opened a whole new world of artistic expression. I have learned that a powerful photo delivers as strong of a message as a million words. A lot of my motivation and passion come from my advocacy of gender equality and equal rights for everyone, especially the LGBTQ+ community. I am beyond ecstatic that Las Fotos Project has given me this amazing opportunity, a solo exhibit on a topic I am very passionate about. I will never be able to express how thankful I am, so I’ll just say, Thank you Las Fotos Project!
“I really enjoy Las Fotos Project because it’s not structured with rules and limits. It gives the girls the freedom to express themselves through photography. We are allowed to photograph whatever we want, and what we think is interesting.” – Nathalie Diaz, November 2014.