Press Release: 2014 Latino Institute
For immediate release
Contact: Janet Arelis Quezda, Press Contact for Unión=Fuerza
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Over 200 Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advocates Head to Houston
2nd Annual Latino Institute held at the largest LGBT Organizing Conference in the Nation
Houston, Texas-January 30th, 2014-The nation's leading LGBT Latino advocates will convene in Houston for the second annual Unión=Fuerza Latino Institute, brought together by community partners Lambda Legal, LULAC, GLAAD, The Translatina Coalition, Latino GLBT History Project, GALEI, among others. This will take place during the largest LGBT organizing conference, Creating Change, convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Now more than ever, advocates feel the need to strategize to push for the passage of immigration reform, ENDA, marriage equality, anti-hate crimes legislation and other local, national and international issues that impact the various LGBT Latino communities throughout the country. The day-long bilingual convening will provide skills trainings and spaces to foster strategic relationships to collectively advance equality for LGBT and Latino communities. Sign-up for Latino Institute updates here or go to www.UnionFuerza.org.
"While we’re making progress on LGBT issues across the country, our work is far from over. Equality doesn’t always trickle down evenly to all communities. Latino communities, especially those that are more Spanish speaking dominant, have lacked access to much LGBT education, research, organizing campaigns, opportunities and resources. Our needs are not always articulated, let alone recognized and met. That’s why coming together at the Latino Institute gives us an opportunity to work hard so that the promise of equality reaches more of our families and communities."-Francisco Dueñas, Lambda Legal.
"The Task Force is excited to host the second annual convening of Latino LGBT advocates at our upcoming conference in Houston this year. The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is the largest gathering of leaders, activists and organizers in the LGBT movement."-Russell Roybal, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Deputy Executive Director.
"As the demographic shift continues to underscore the opportunities and strengths that U.S. Latinos bring to national policy and action, it is important to ensure that Latino LGBT communities are included and this gathering at Creating Change is part of the process. Latino LGBT communities have much to share and contribute as they always have since the beginning of U.S. LGBT liberation movements and we have to make sure that those contributions are recognized, developed and documented in the halls of history."-David M. Pérez, League of United Latin American Citizens Director of Development and Latino GLBT History Project President.
"The time to re-invigorate our Latino LGBTQ movement is now! The U.S. LGBT community has achieved marriage equality, serving in the military openly, greater social acceptance, and media visibility. U.S. LGBT Latinos need to come together to figure out how to collectively overcome barriers like racism, resource deficits that hinder progress toward achieving economic justice and immigration reform among other issues."-Letitia Gomez, longtime activist
"I am happy to be a part of the Latino Institute, Union=Fuerza taking place in Houston this year as part of Creating Change. I attended last year and was moved to be in a room of other queer Latinos. I reconnected with old friends, met new friends, and deepened my passion for this work. We need a diversity of voices from all parts of the Latino LGBT community to unite and call for comprehensive and humane immigration reform, economic justice, marriage equality and the other issues that our communities care about."- Elicia Gonzalez, GALAEI Executive Director
Partner organizations include: ACS: Programa "De Ambiente" para jovenes Latin@s LGBT; Association of Latino Men for Action (ALMA); Autostraddle.com; Brown & Out; CapWest Strategies; Center for Black Equity; Corral Consulting; Colectivo Acción Latina de Ambiente (ALA); Edward Sanchez Cosmetics; Entre Hermanos; Familia es Familia; GALAEI; Get Equal; GLAAD; Honor 41; Immigration Equality; LA Gay & Lesbian Center; Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA); Lambda Legal; Latino Equality Alliance; Latino GLBT History Project; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Liberty Hill Foundation; National Council of la Raza; National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; National Immigrant Youth Alliance; NCLR Action Fund; Point Foundation; The Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project(QUIP), a project of United We Dream; Teach for America; The Montrose Center; TransLatina Coalition; United Latin@ Pride; Organizations and agencies interested in becoming community partners can find more information here.