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A Lil' Bit of Mario!
Meet Los Angeles photographer, artist, and club promoter--Mario Sandoval.

A Sample of Mario's WorkOver six years ago, Los Angeles club promoter Mario Sandoval (a.k.a. Lil' Mario) opened the doors to a unique nightclub called "Que Pasa Papi." A year later, under his Papi Productions company, the name of the club was changed to "Escándalo" and that club recently celebrated its 6-year anniversary.

Lil' Mario has many positive feelings about the impact of his career. In fact, as a promoter, he considers it a triumph to be one of the first ones in L.A. to inject Latino culture into the club scene.

For example, when he opened the doors to Escándalo, he included many Latino-themed murals, paintings, and other cultural icons around the club.

While it is obvious to see that he is proud of his culture, one might be wondering where he got this strong sense of pride? This strong cultural identity was instilled in him at an early age by his step-mother. She encouraged him to be different and do whatever it was he wanted to do. In Mario's case, that "difference" was injecting his Latin culture into the club scene and his photography work.

Lil MarioThrough his lens, Mario has captured the trials, tribulations, and social and political experiences of Latinos-ranging from Aztec warriors to contemporary Chicanos, and he used many of them as imagery on his own club promotional flyers.

So what's next for Lil' Mario? Well, on the promotions side, he has taken on the challenge of promoting a new Friday night Los Angeles club called "Flava" at Circus Disco. And artistically, he is working on finding a spot to showcase his art exhibit.

Overall, Mario is a wonderful example of a true trailblazer in the Latino community. His creativity and his close connection to his cultural roots have contributed to the Latino community including enhancing the QV club experience!

qvMagazine Gets A Prestigious Award!

On April 19, 2001, the National Latina/o Lesbian, QV, Bisexual, and Transgender Organization (LLEGO) honored qvMagazine with the "Premio Herencia" in Washington D.C. This award recognizes the valuable contributions to the visibility of the Latina/o GLBT communities through the media. It honors the efforts to bring awareness to issues pertaining to the tireless work of Latina/o GLBT communities, LLEGO and its allies. It was given to qvMagazine for QV's ability to show the positive aspects of the Latina/o LGBT communities within the media. qvMagazine wishes to thank Martin Ornelas-Quintero, Silvia Evans, and all of our friends at LLEGO.

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HOLA (Homosexuales Latinos) is a St. Louis area educational and social group for QV, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered Latinos, their partners, and friends. Its mission is to provide a safe, multilingual environment that promotes understanding, respect and appreciation of GLBT identities. Visit this site today and see what's up with your St. Louis qvBrothers!

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