In the 1980s and as a result of their involvement in the various social movements of the 1970s, Latinas and other women of color began to publish what are now canonical texts in women of color feminism, books such as This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1983) and Loving in the War Years (1983). Yet queer Latino men remained relatively silent. Why was this the case? What were the conditions of possibility that allowed Latinas to consciously and politically engage in the public sphere by publishing their work? We will begin with these questions as we focus our attention on these early writings by queer Latinas. We will then trace the emergence of queer Latinas/os in the public sphere. That is, we will study literature, art, and film that represented queer Latinas/os.