Honoring LGBTQ+ Leaders and Influencers of the Borderland

Funded in part by the El Paso Community Foundation


We need YOU

to illustrate our

LGBTQ+ Border Heroes!!!

Cash prizes of up to $300!!

Keep reading for more information and to enter!

The Borderland Rainbow Center and Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso are excited to share with you the Border Heroes Cards Project! Inspired by the Urban Intellectuals Black History Flashcards, this project will highlight individuals who have made an impact on the LGBTQ+ community.

More about the project:

One of the main goals of the Borderland Rainbow Center is to promote acceptance and inclusiveness for the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ Border Hero Playing Card Deck will showcase role models and significant events in the El Paso/Juarez Borderland. Each person or event will be illustrated on their own educational “playing card”. Each card will include a quote or tag line indicating accomplishments of the person or event.

In addition to bringing visibility to the stories of these heroes, this approach may also further reduce societal marginalization for the queer community and inspire others to stand against social injustices and inequalities. By creating these playing cards, we would supply our West Texas Borderland community, and beyond, with an interactive educational resource that provides insight into LGBTQ+ history and brings continual awareness to a community in need.

These cards will help bring awareness of local LGBTQ+ individuals, Allies, and LGBTQ+ history by highlighting those that contributed to El Paso and the Borderland’s growth. Educators can use these cards to give students access to historical information that will grant them a wider view of the people and events that shaped our region. Families and individuals can use these cards to start conversations about the Borderland's history, and more specifically parts of that history that are often untold. 

The cards will feature people, places and events 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.


Are you an artist? Enter to show your passion and skill in your craft! 


The LGBTQ+ Border Heroes will be designated in advance and artists will create images of specific figures/events for cash prizes and promotion of their artwork. Four Grand prizes of $300 each will be awarded to the art works selected for the “Queens” in each suite and for the design for the back of the cards; the $100 First Prizes will go to the 12 artworks representing for the Jacks, Kings, and Aces; the remaining 36 artworks will be awarded to the rest of the cards, each with a $50 cash prize. 

Female or women identifying artists will be prioritized by representing at least 28 of the 53 winners. Each artist will be allowed to enter two images in the specified electronic format. Each artist may only win one prize. All selected artists will receive promotion of their artwork and affiliated websites/social media sites.

Artists must have the ability to scan or photograph artwork that is not created digitally. 

Steps/Timeline for Entry (may be subject to minor modifications):

1. Artists entering the contest must complete this online form in its entirety.
2. Artists will then be contacted via email to complete the final entry form and select the two cards they would like to submit entries for. Cards will be available for selection no by mid April. 
3. Artists must submit their two completed digital entries by no later than May 17, 2021 following the instructions provided when making their card selections.
4. Submissions will be reviewed by the BRC Border Heroes Committee (comprised of BRC staff, interns, and volunteers) as they are received.
5. Final submission review and award decisions will take place the week of May 17-May 23, 2021.
6. Contest winners announced the week of May 24-30, 2021. 
7. LGBTQ+ Border Heroes card deck released in the month of June.


Begin your contest entry today by filling out the form below! 

Nominations have closed. If you missed the opportunity and you would still like to nominate someone, or if you have questions about this project, please contact

Education and training designed to inform and empower. 

The Borderland Rainbow Center under sponsor number 7798 has been approved by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners to offer continuing education contact hours to social workers. The approved status of The Borderland Rainbow Center, Continuing Education Service expires annually on July 31.  If you hold a license in another State or discipline, it is not guaranteed that our content will meet your requirements.  We recommend that you check with your licensing body for any requirements and allowances.
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