“Herrera’s quest is to find the essence of that which sets gay men apart from the straight world, and even from other queers.” – “An Ode to Anti-Assimilationist Film Making” The Advocate, June 2015
Leo Herrera is a Mexican visual artist, filmmaker, writer and activist. His work focuses on gay culture. The main subjects are PrEP, HIV stigma/criminalization and the preservation of gay history. His viral film clips have gathered over a million views and his advocacy work has been featured in national publications and museum exhibits.
Leo Herrera has collaborated with organizations, activists, artists and events that further the gay movement including: Gay Men’s Health Crisis, The International GLBT Historical Society, Act Up’s Avram Finkelstein, SERO Project’s Sean Strub, Justin Bond, Joey Arias, LadyFag, Amanda Lepore, Cazwell, The Black Party, the Pines Party, Josh Wood Events, Folsom Events, Blood Equality. His film work has been exhibited at the American History Museum, the Leslie Lohman Museum, The Hammer Museum, Trinity Church, the Highline, Frameline International LGBT Film Festival, United Nations AIDS Conference, Oslo Film Festival. His advocacy work has been featured in New York Magazine, Vice Magazine, Salon, Out, The Advocate, The Huffington Post, Slate, Mashable and Logo.
SELECTED PROJECTS & PRESS
Blood Mirror Part 1 & 2 2015/2016
Blood Mirror documented Jordan Eagle’s sculpture created from the blood of men in protest of the FDA’s ban on gay blood donations. The film was part of Blood Equality’s national campaign and exhibited at American History Museum, Trinity Church, the Highline, The Hammer Museum.
Press coverage by Village Voice, Salon, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast Advocate, New York Magazine, Visual AIDS, Towleroad, NBC Channel 4.
A 3 minute tour of gay fetish throughout the 1950’s, 70’s, and 2010’s. Filmed in historical locations in NYC and San Francisco.
Press coverage by Out, Advocate, Huffington Post, Towleroad Posture, TeTU (France), KBNP (Russia), Homosensual (Mexico)
50 Years of Gay Culture in 5 Minutes, became a Pride month viral sensation through social media.
Press coverage by The Advocate, Out, Huffington Post, Towleroad, Logo.
PrEP Advocacy 2014/15
As one of the first young voices advocating for PrEP use, Leo Herrera was featured in New York Magazine’s cover story “Forgetting HIV:Sex Without Fear” by Tim Murphy, as well as the GLAAD Media Award Winning “The Truvada Generation” directed by Eric Leven released by Vice News.
HIV Is Not A Crime 2012
Leo Herrera’s short documentaries on HIV Criminalization became a crucial tool in spreading awareness through Sean Strub’s The Sero Project. The films were released online and through presentations including the UNAIDS Conference.
Harvey Milk’s Suit 2013
Documenting the suit that Harvey Milk was assassinated in along with his recorded political will. Image and film used for the 20th Anniversary of International GLBT Historical Society in 2004. Images released in 2004, Film premiered in 2007 at Mix Film Festival in NYC, and re-released in 2013 for Harvey’s Birthday and featured on Logo’s NewNowNext blog.
Acting as campaign manager, Leo Herrera ran the city-wide campaign to elect GLBT Activist Tom Temprano to College Board of Trustees in San Francisco, which was successful in rallying the cities nightlife and queer political community and broke fundraising records through fundraising events and private donors, raising over $50K.