David Arias, a Chicago Puerto Rican, holds an M.A. in mass communications from San Diego State University, and a B.A. in film and video from Columbia College Chicago. He is full-time marketing analyst for a gay travel company in West Hollywood, CA. He has maintained the focus of his career in advocating for LGBT and Latino visibility, applying research, writing, translating and communications expertise across non-profit, higher education, marketing and travel industries. His master’s thesis experiment inspected attitudes toward LGBT affection in commercials. He has continued LGBT youth volunteer work in San Francisco, San Diego and now Los Angeles with the intention of empowering the upcoming generation against obsolete values and bigotry inside and outside their communities.