Monica Palacios

"Her work consistently intervenes in traditional dialogues of race, gender, sex and sexuality, and is a necessary and joyous departure from the discourses of hate, silence and absence to which the stories of people of color--and especially queer Women of Color--have historically been relegated in the popular imagination." - Nominator Professor Marivel Danielson, Arizona State University

Monica Palacios, photo by Patricia Varela

2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes nominee

Monica Palacios

Title Writer/Performer/Educator
Organization/Business Independent Artist

  • Honored by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the LA City Council for her 30 year career as a pioneering Chicana lesbian writer/performer whose work has embraced activism, community organizing and cultural work. October 12, 2012 proclaimed Monica Palacios Day.
  • Her play Clock, about a Latina lesbian couple who decide to have a baby, received its theatrical debut in March 2014 at the Teatro Bravo in Phoenix, AZ, after winning the company's New Plays Festival in 2012. Play originally commissioned by the Latino Theater Initiative of the Mark Taper Forum of Los Angeles..
  • Currently a lecturer at UC Santa Barbara, and has taught at UCLA, UC Riverside, Loyola Marymount University, The Claremont Colleges and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as elementary and high school students.
  • 2013 Selected as a Latinas of Influence for professional accomplishments and community service by
  • 2011 Semi-finalist Los Angeles Outfest Film Festival for screenplay, Sweet Peace
  • 2008 Selected as Latino LGBT Community Leader by Adelante Magazine for its 10th Anniversary July Issue.


Harriet Zaretsky


2014 Women's History Month Awards