Silvia Ros

National LGBTQ Documentation Project
Location: Miami, Florida
Nationality: Cuban American
Biography: Silvia Ros is a Cuban-American, Miami-based photographer with a master’s degree in architecture. After a decade as a museum photographer, she launched a freelance career, concentrating not only on her own creative projects such as... read on

National LGBTQ Documentation Project, 2009-2010*
Eighty-six images from this project are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Freedom is a word and concept that has particular resonance for my family.  My great-grandparents fled the political turmoil of Spain for Cuba a century ago. Short decades later, there was a second family exodus when my parents, as teenagers, left Cuba after the revolution, in search of freedom and democratic values in the United States.
Born in the U.S., I am a citizen of the country where the quest for freedom was the catalyst for its creation, as well as the essence of the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Americans believe the freedom to love is part of our unalienable rights but for me, it is not. As a gay woman in America, I am denied the right to love. Discriminated against for loving a partner of the same sex, I cannot marry my partner, adopt a child with her, file taxes with her, or retain the legal right to visit her bedside should she fall ill. 

LGBT citizens are denied over 1,100 federal rights, and countless other state rights.  This battle for equality has been so bravely fought by the current (and so many lost) icons of the gay movement, and today the old warriors seek to pass on their dedication and passion to a new generation of leaders as the fight must go one until all citizens are treated equally under federal law.

* The text above is from the project overview written in 2009.


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The Flag

By Silvia Ros / american legion post 67, miami, fl — I have always been fascinated by the American Legion. You see unique outposts wherever you go, all across..

Miami, Black Lives Matter Protests

By Silvia Ros / Miami,Fl — Miami has not had the largest or most volatile protests since the death of George Floyd at the hands of the..

Election 2020: Miami

By Silvia Ros / Miami, Fl

Post 67

By Silvia Ros — I have been photographing the American Legion Post 67 in North Miami for several years. As a Cuban-American..

Unseen Miami

By Silvia Ros / Miami, Fl — Miami is famous for its beaches, art deco, Miami Vice and the fiery cocaine wars of the 1980s. People wax..

In The Ring

By Silvia Ros / South Florida — In the Ring: The Art of Boxing 2003-2008 It is not superficial thing, a fad or moment of a generation...

Catch as Catch Can: The American Rodeo

By Silvia Ros / South Florida

Miami Beach Womens Club

By Silvia Ros / Miami Beach, Fl — In 1926, Miami Beach was a budding resort town on a barrier island, off the coast of the growing metropolis..

Photographing Cuba: My Myth, My Reality

By Silvia Ros — My mother left Havana in 1961, after the family tobacco farm was nationalized. She was a teenager when she..

Hold Fast

By Silvia Ros — Thematically my work frequently features individuals willing to take extreme risks to live a genuine and..
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