Valerie Villalta, “To live exactly who you want to be.”

As part of Whitman-Walker’s 40th anniversary, officially January 13, 2018, we’re sharing 40 stories to help tell the narrative of the Whitman-Walker community. This week we hear from Valerie Villalta! Valerie left Central America to come to the United States in search of safety and acceptance. She found a home in Washington, DC. With the help of Whitman-Walker’s medical-legal partnership and services, she gained asylum and healthcare, and the chance to live authentically and love openly.

Watch Valerie share her story below! For more on Valerie’s story, read her December 16, 2011 profile in the Washington Post here.

Please note this story was recorded in 2016.

Related Stories

Shape
Amelie Zurn, Embracing Feminist Health Practices in HIV/AIDS Care & Activism
LISTEN
Shape
Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, A Home of Dignity, Respect, and Love Since 1993
LISTEN
Shape
“We Can See the Finish Line” ﹘ A Photo History of the Walk & 5K to End HIV
LISTEN
Shape
Our Journeys to Whitman-Walker
LISTEN
Shape
More than 40 Years Later, What We’ve Learned & What We Hope For the Future
LISTEN
Shape
Our 40th Year in Review
LISTEN
Shape
Dancing in Clubs during the AIDS Epidemic
Name discusses ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing ivamus et mi ac felis convallis tristique ac vel ligula.
LISTEN