Staff Spotlight: Jorge Gutierrez Breathes Creativity Into Campaigns Across the CountryBy Shane Stahl • April 13, 2018 • 12:45 am
As the Associate Director of Web Development and Graphic Design, Jorge Gutierrez is the go-to person at Freedom for All Americans for engaging and informative graphics that help spread the word and bring attention to important campaigns and movements to pass and protect comprehensive nondiscrimination protections nationwide. From Facebook graphics to mailers and posters, Jorge’s creations have been featured by various media outlets, including local state TV stations and Buzzfeed. Get to know Jorge below, including why he’s passionate about the fight for nondiscrimination, and read more Freedom for All Americans Staff Spotlights here.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I hail from Los Angeles, and I’m currently living in New York City. Design, food, and family are the drivers in my life. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a very visual person. It was during High School, while part of the yearbook staff, that I discovered my passion for design. I even designed and sold my own class T-shirt. I love to eat –I love all types of food but must admit pastries are my kryptonite. Being Latino means my family is everything, both immediate and extended. During my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, grabbing a drink, and of course, karaoke!
How did you get involved in the movement for LGBTQ non-discrimination?
I’ve been working in the non-profit sector for over 10 years now. Prior to FFAA, I was part of Freedom to Marry, the campaign that helped win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. After such a huge victory, I was presented with the opportunity to keep building on that groundwork at FFAA, where I’d keep fighting for non-discrimination protections for all LGBTQ Americans nationwide. The opportunity to be part of another huge win was something I could not pass on.
Is there a particular moment you’ve experienced in your work that sticks with you? Why?
The loss in Houston during the “Yes on Prop 1” campaign is something that has stuck with me. I could not believe that we were unable to secure equal protections for the people of Houston, some of whom face discrimination every single day. This loss was a huge reality check of the uphill battle we were about to embark on. However, at the same time, this also fueled a fire to work harder, and to never give up until everyone is protected nationwide.
What would you say to people who want to take action for LGBTQ equality? What are simple steps they can take?
I would say help in any which way you can. We need a diverse group people, from all walks of life, to come together and help us fight for equality. If we’re going to win, we need everyone to do their part, and that means doing something as simple as sharing one of our posts on social media.
Why does non-discrimination matter to you?
As a gay Latino man, I’ve experienced discrimination firsthand. For a while I felt helpless, thinking that this was just the way things were. I was wrong: We all have the power within us to make a difference. Now more than ever, we all must do our part, and for me, that means using my design skills to help fight for non-discrimination protections for all LGBTQ Americans.
Self-care is important – what kind of self-care do you practice?
We live in an age where we are constantly bombarded with the same news from different media platforms, it seems at times hard to escape any bad news. For me, it’s knowing when to unplug. I try to keep my time on social and news sites to a limit. I also enjoy going to the gym, which for me is something that keeps me grounded and focused. Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate a 10-minute meditation into my daily routine. I’ve heard that, if we all meditated every day, the world would be a better place, and I can certainly see why.