Jesse Monteagudo

Jesse Monteagudo

At a Glance:

Jesse Monteagudo has been a Project Contributor since August 2008, has written 117 entries and currently lives in Plantation, FL.


Jesse Monteagudo is a gay author and activist who has lived in South Florida since the mid-1960s.

His career as a gay activist dates back to 1976-77 when he was a foot soldier in the Dade County Coalition for Human Rights' war against Anita Bryant and Save Our Children. He helped found Latinos for Human Rights in 1977 and served as it’s first president.. He has since served on the boards of a variety of GLBT organizations in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties and was president of the Stonewall Library and Archives, Congregation Etz Chaim, and Saber M.C.

For over thirty years, Jesse Monteagudo has contributed extensively to both the GLBT and mainstream press. He is considered an authority on gay literature, having written an LGBT book column for various publications. His essays and short stories have been published in over thirty fiction and non-fiction anthologies.

Jesse Monteagudo and his life partner, Michael Greenspan, have been together for more than 27 years. He lives in Plantation, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. Jesse is an avid book collector, specializing in gay fiction and non-fiction. He also enjoys all forms of music - jazz, R&B, country, Latin - as well as movies, theater, travel, politics and the company of like-minded individuals.

Jesse Monteagudo: Recently Filed

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Hit-and-Run Accidents Plague the Sunshine State

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | April 13, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Florida's deadliest vehicle-related crimes aren't drive-by-shootings, they're hit-and-run accidents.Read More

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Politics of the Mind and the Heart

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | March 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

For progressives, primary elections often present a difficult question: do we vote with the mind - and give our support to the candidate who'll be strongest in the general election - or with the heart, and approve one whose values better mirror our own?Read More

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Meet Norm Kent: Publisher and Activist

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | March 16, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

In my humble opinion, Norman Elliott Kent's contributions to our community have earned him a place among our best and brightest.Read More

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Gays in the News! (Film at Eleven)

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | March 03, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

The flurry of LGBT news stories in mainstream media shows that know that the world has taken notice of us -- not as sources of scandal but as people like everyone else.Read More

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Knocking on History's Closet

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | February 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

Scholars and the LGBT community have been speculating about the sexual orientation or gender identity of great historical figures for a long time.Read More