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Antonio D. Santos 

LGBTQIA+ Activist and Founder of Queer Riot. 

Antonio D. Santos is a queer, first-generation latinx activist and community organizer from the southwest side of Chicago. In 2018 he co-founded the Gage Park Latinx Council, which runs a community cultural center in the neighborhood where he was raised. The work of GPLXC has been recognized nationally for its immense impact on the majority Latino working-class community. Antonio's work was recently featured in the book Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification by the University of Chicago Press. 


With his experience as a queer activist and knowledge of LGBTQIA+ History, Antonio created a campus-wide faculty and staff Training on LGBTQIA+ identities for the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2019 that is still used to date. Additionally, Antonio has facilitated hundreds of hours of LGBTQIA+ educational programs at the university, High school, and Middle school levels.

In January 2022, Antonio launched Queer Riot to make LGBTQIA+ history accessible to all. 

Queer Riot works with QTBIPOC educators to provide comprehensive workshops rooted in queer liberation and equality. Workshops can be customized to your business, organization, or school's needs. Our goal is to empower LGBTQIA+ people and create more inclusive environments for them to thrive by educating all. 

Antonio is currently on the committee for an exhibition on Latinos in Chicago at the Chicago History Museum. He also serves on The Puerto Rican Art Alliance committee for an LGBTQ+ archive that will focus on collecting and preserving Latinx queer culture in the city of Chicago.

In the News 

Chicago community organization offering queer history paid internship program 

ABC 7 News 

In the Wake of Roe Overturning, a Look to the Future of LGBTQ Rights

Chicago Tonight WTTW| PBS

Celebrating and Supporting Latino LGBTQ Youth  
Chicago Tonight WTTW| PBS

Queer Riot Seeks to Create Youth Leaders in LGBTQ+ Education

14 East Magazine 

How A Southwest Side Group Is Helping Young People Learn Queer History

Block Club Chicago 

‘Latino Voices’ Community Conversation: Latino LGBTQ Experience

Chicago Tonight WTTW| PBS

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