By Kristofer Ríos | November 11, 2014
Marco Antonio Quiroga was brought to New York from Peru at the age of three by his mother, who was fleeing an abusive husband. In Queens, Quiroga’s mother taught him to live in the shadows. She taught him that revealing his status as an undocumented migrant would put the whole family in jeopardy.
So when Quiroga realized he was gay, he was already practiced in keeping secrets.
“That was a big struggle for me,” he says. “I had to hide myself from society and I also had to hide the fact that I was gay because I could lose the only support system I had in this world through my family.”