The World's First LGBTQ Mariachi !





The world's first and only LGBTQ Mariachi brings Mexican music and folklore to Southern California. This unique ensemble was created as a safe haven for mariachi musicians who identify as LGBTQ to come together and perform traditional Mexican regional music in an otherwise “machista” and somewhat discriminating subculture of the mariachi world. We are a dynamic ensemble representing the traditions of a rich culture of Mexico. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles prides itself in providing its public with the utmost professionalism and musicianship.


Led by director Carlos Samaniego, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles performs its repertoire to suit the LGBTQ community while it maintains the highest level of musicality. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is proud to have the first transgender female, Natalia Melendez, in the history of mariachi as one of its members. Natalia has been featured in a two-part special for Univision news, which depicts her life and struggles as a transgender woman in the mariachi world. As a result of this two-part special, in its short existence, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles has been invited to perform for 3 different morning news shows on Univision, which includes the “Lanzate” program. During each one of these presentations, the mariachi was highlighted because of its special nature in representing the LGBTQ community.


Due to the history that Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is making, a recorded interview from NPR of this ground-breaking ensemble has been archived in the U.S. Library of Congress (check out our "media" page).


Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles has also performed for Los Angeles and Long Beach Pride, Transgender Pride at the LGBT Center in Los Angeles, South Bay Pride, Oceanside Pride, The Abbey, Club Tempo, Hamburger Mary’s, #SchoolsNotPrisons tour for the Califronia Endowmnet, and many other LGBTQ establishments as well as for many same-sex and “traditional” weddings.      







Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles trae la musica y folclór Mexicano al público LGBT (Lesbiana, Gay, Bisexual, Transgénero) de Los Angeles. El Mariachi Arcoiris se creó para que existiera un lugar seguro para los músicos de mariachi que se identifican como LGBT para desempeñar la música regional mexicana, en lo que de otra manera se conoce como una cultura "machista" y el mundo discriminatorio de los mariachis.


Dirigido por Carlos Samaniego, el Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles toca su repertorio para complacer a la comunidad gay mientras que mantiene un alto nivel de desempeño. El Mariachi Arcoiris tambien se enorgullece en tener la primer mujer transgénero en la historia del mariachi, Natalia Melendez, que gracias a un reportaje por parte de Univision, el mariachi se dió a conocer y despues se hizieron varios reportajes del mismo por parte de medios del comunicado como Univision, Telemundo, TV Azteca America, La Opinion, LA Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, NPR y otros...


El Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles también ha participado en el desfile de orgullo gay de Los Angeles y Long Beach, el escenario Latino del orgullo gay de Los Angeles y Long Beach, en el orgullo transgenero del LGBT Center de Los Angeles, celebraciones de orgullo gay de varias otras ciudades, The Abbey, Club Tempo, Hamburger Mary’s, y otras instalaciones LGBT, igual como para varias boda gay y "tradicionales."