Danny Flores is a trans Latinx artist and award-winning community organizer. He was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico on October 7th, 1998. He came to the United States with his parents at age 4 and has lived in Columbia, SC for 16 years.

As a DACA recipient and son of immigrant parents, Danny focuses much of his art and activism on latinx/immigrant issues. Due to his queer identity, he also focuses his work on LGBTQ+ issues.

In 2017, he was an artist for the Indie Grits Film/Art Festival where he created La Jotería.

“The project, La Jotería, is a play on the classic Mexican card game La Lotería, which uses vibrant drawings instead of numbers for a game of bingo. While the premise of La Jotería is the same as La Lotería, and Flores is drawing cards in the same style, he’s revamped and redrawn all 54 cards in the deck, both by hand and with some digital work. Simultaneously, he’s using the cards as a way to subvert themes and words that historically have been used against queer and Latinx communities.” -Paula Mejia (Remezcla Magazine)
Danny has also used his advocacy to bring awareness to the power that youth can have.

In 2017 he was a panelist for the annual Creating Change (LGBTQ+) Conference discussing the empowerment of filmmaking for youth.

Later that year, he was a panelist for the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) where he discussed latinx youth leadership using art.

In 2018 he was the Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Voces Comunitarias Conference where he led a presentation about youth involvement in social issues.

His most recent work was with the Obama Foundation, where he  was selected to be a member of the Leadership Corps. Danny, along with his team created the first Queer Latinx Float at Columbia’s 2018 “Famously Hot Pride Parade.”  With this project, they were able to bring together the Queer and Latinx communities in Columbia, SC. Not only was that the first float of its kind, but Danny was also the Grand Marshall of the parade. 

Columbia, SCdannyflores98a@gmail.com