Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso, Borderland Rainbow Center unveil Border Heroes Project

The Borderland Rainbow Center and the Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso announced their new project: The Border Heroes Cards Project.

Officials say the project – inspired by the Urban Intellectuals Black History Flashcards – will highlight individuals who have made an impact on the LGBTQ+ community in the borderland.

One of the main goals of the Borderland Rainbow Center is to promote acceptance and inclusiveness for the LGBTQ+ community,” officials shared. “The LGBTQ+ Border Hero Playing Card Deck will showcase role models and significant events in the El Paso/Juarez Borderland.”

Officials added that each of the 52 playing cards will feature a person, place, or event that has impacted the borderland LGBTQ+ community. 

As part of the development of the cards, the BRC and DRIEP will be taking nominations for those to be honored.  The nominations can be made via the Border Heroes Project website. 

According to officials, nominees can be “from or living in the El Paso, Texas area and sister cities (Juarez and Las Cruces) who have positively influenced, impacted, or guided LGBTQ+ culture and/or issues,”

In addition to the nominees, the artwork featured on each playing card will be created by local artists via a contest, with cash prizes available. Officials say that more details on the contest and art selection process will be coming soon.

This project will include the production and sale of the completed Border Heroes playing cards decks, and will offer educational material and activities through the official education program of the Borderland Rainbow Center, the Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso.

“Our goal is to bring awareness to the world about the rich and beautiful LGBTQ+ history that lives in the borderland, honor those who have made an impact, and to invite people learn and grow in allyship,” project officials added.

For the most updated information about the Border Heroes Project, click here.