Marcos Martinez is using his experiences to create a collaborative network community for gay men of color through his organization, Men Who Brunch.
“Outside of the club scene, I had a difficult time finding spaces where gay men of color could network and socialize” said Marcos Martinez, Founder/CEO of Men Who Brunch LLC, in an interview with BLACKAMAZING.
“I wanted to build my own community but was unsure of how to do so and lacked the confidence to pursue my dream” he added.
Blessings can appear in unexpected places and for Marcos, it was a client at work that inspired him to follow his passion (February 2017):
“Hearing him discuss his dream pushed me to follow mine. It was in June 2017 when I officially established Men Who Brunch LLC.“
Were there any risks that you had to take and/or challenges that you faced during the planning process?
Yes, there have been financial challenges i’ve come across. My expenses have been greater than my profit and so I’m seeking ways to grow revenue. Another challenge is operating Men Who Brunch on my own.
Since I don’t have a team I’m doing many different types of operations on my own including advertising and accounting which causes me to get very overwhelmed at times. I know that in order to sustain my business I would have to build a team in which I could delegate responsibilities.
What are your thoughts on the representation of gay men of color in the media?
Black and Latin gay men of color in media still are overshadowed by Caucasian gay men. Lee Daniels, Rick Martin make up relatively small group of Black/Latin gay icons.
What is the most rewarding part of running Men Who Brunch?
The most rewarding part of running Men Who Brunch is building genuine connections with other gay men of color. This year my social network has multiplied. I’ve made so many friends this year and even have gained mentors who’s been guiding me in building Men Who Brunch.
My long term goal is to grow outside the US and create more spaces for gay men of color could network and connect.
Join Men Who Brunch Saturday 10/15/17 at Amarachi Lounge in NYC (12-4) as they celebrate the end of National Coming Out Week with special guest Rob Smith — a proud vet and LGBTQ advocate who will be discussing his new book “Confessions of a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Soldier.”