Author Archives: Von Diaz

About Von Diaz

Von Diaz is a writer and radio producer based in New York City. She is a self-taught cook who explores Puerto Rican food, culture, and identity through memoir and multimedia. Her work has been featured on NPR, American Public Media, StoryCorps, WNYC, PRI’s The World, BuzzFeed, Colorlines, and Feet in 2 Worlds.Von has an M.A. in journalism and Latin American and Caribbean studies from New York University. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she earned a B.A. in Women’s Studies and focused her research on women in Latin America. She is a currently a producer at StoryCorps, and previously worked in community advocacy and communications for nonprofits focused on women, children, art, and Latino culture.
Adrielle Grant, a 19 year old immigrant from Guyana, is homeless in New York City

Gay Immigrant Youth in New York Struggle With Homelessness

Adrielle Grant and Juan Valdez were kicked out of their homes when their families found out they were gay. For gay immigrant youth, poverty and lack of support from their families and immigrant communities make them particularly vulnerable to becoming – and staying – homeless.

Torn Apart tells the story of bi-national LGBT couples fighting to stay together.

Same-Sex Couples Still Awaiting Immigration Reform

Comprehensive immigration reform didn’t happen in 2010. The DREAM Act failed to get enough Senate votes in December, setting the tone for a challenging year ahead. Yet the Senate managed to provide a victory for gay rights. “Don’t Ask Don’t…