Oyos’ activism began in 1970 while she was
attending San Diego City College. During that
time, she became involved with the Chicano
Newspaper, La Verdad and MECHA.
Eventually Oyos began volunteering for The
United Farmworkers Union.
Several years later,
she came out as a lesbian and began volunteering
at Las Hermanas Women’s Coffeehouse and Cultural
Center which provided a safe, warm space for all
women and children. In 1986, she co-founded the
first GLBT Latin organization,
translates to “pride.”
years, Oyos has served on a number of boards and
planning committees, including AIDS Walk San
Diego, The Western Regional Conference on HIV,
AIDS and Women, The HIV Care Partnership for
Women Children and Families, and Vagina Fest.
She is currently on the advisory council of the
Latino/a Services at The San Diego LGBT
Community Center and has recently been appointed
to the Human Relations Commission. She has also
spent the past 13 years serving as a Senior
Community Program Representative at UCSD’s HIV
Neurobehavioral Research Center
Oyos lives in San
Diego with her partner of 22 years, Rose. She
has a daughter, son and two grandchildren.