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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ and mainstream press. He is considered an authority on gay literature, having written an LGBTQ 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, live 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.