2018 Unión=Fuerza Latinx Institute Agenda
Jan. 25th 9AM - 6PM

Click here to view the agenda as of 1-17-2018. Subject to Change. 

Affiliated Latinx Events

The metropolitan Washington, DC community is also invited to the following affiliated events listed below:

The Unión = Fuerza Latinx Institute Volunteer Night will take place on January 24th from 6-9PM at the Wardman Park Marriott, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008. Meet local and visiting LGBT Latinxs and lend a helping hand! Light dinner provided after. RSVP to Join us at Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th Street NW, DC on Jan. 25th from 9PM to 1:45AM for a special edition of La Fiesta: Noche Latinx dance party and fundraiser presented by Union=Fuerza Latinx Institute in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality and Rumba Latina. 21+ event. $10. Music by DJ EZ from El Zol 107.9fm and drag kings & queens! On January, 26th at 8:30PM join us at the Wardman Park Marriott, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008 for the Fiesta Latinx Reception and mixer hosted by Unión = Fuerza Latinx Institute. Mix and mingle with conference attendees and leaders from Metro DC’s ground breaking LGBTQ Latinx organization’s and projects. Cash bar.

Affiliated Events:
The Unión = Fuerza Latinx Institute volunteer training will take place on January 18th from 6-9PM at the William Way LGBT Center, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

AZUCAR: Join us at Woody’s, 202 S 13th St, Philadelphia on Jan. 19th after 9PM for a special event raising funds to support Philadelphia’s only Latinx social justice organizations: GALAEI and Juntos. The suggested donation is $10, which includes a complimentary beverage for those bringing Conference badges.

On January, 20th from 12-3PM GALAEI will host a “Cafecito” to share with conference attendees their more than 27 year history of queer Latinx social justice organizing in Philadelphia. GALAEI is located at 149 W. Susquehanna Avenue.

2017 Latino Institute Agenda - Jan. 19th 8AM - 6PM

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Time / Hora

Activity / Actividad

Facilitator/ Coordinador

Location/ Local


8:00 am - 10:00 pm


Register with / Registración con Creating Change Conference


National LGBTQ Task Force

Hotel Lobby / Vestíbulo del Hotel

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Latin@ Institute Check-In & Pre-Activities

Inscripción del Instituto & Actividades

Grand Ballroom I & J, 5th Floor/ Salon Grade I y J, 5to Piso,

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

8:00 am - 9:00 am


Head Shots / Fotografías

Community Agreements / Acuerdos Comunitarios

 Community Altar / Altar Comunitario

People Bingo/ Lotería Comunal


Grand Ballroom I & J, 5th Floor/ Salon Grade I y J, 5to Piso,

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

9:00 - 9:15 am

Welcome/ Bienvenida


Interpretation Do’s and Don’ts

Cortesía de Interpretación

Emcee/ Anfitrión:

Alejandro Morales

comedian, writer, storyteller

comediante, escritor, cuentista


Roberto Tijerina

9:15 - 9:25 am

Opening Convocation / Ceremonia de apertura

C. Jerome Woods

9:25 - 9:35 am

Planning Committee Welcome/ Bienvenida del Comité de Planeación

How Unión=Fuerza Happens / Como se organiza Unión=Fuerza


Nikki Lopez, GALAEI & Karari Olvera, United Latino Pride

Co-Chairs/ Co-Presidentes


9:35 - 9:40 am

Community Agreements & Expectations

Acuerdos Comunitarios y Expectativas

Leandro Rodriguez, Latino Commission on AIDS

Alexa Castañon, Trans Latina Coalition

9:40 - 9:50 am

Call for Action Against Trump Policies: Trans & Media

Llamado de acción contra políticas de Trump: Trans y Medios de Comunicación

Ana Andrea Molina, Organización Trans Latina de Texas

Monica Trasandes, GLAAD

9:50 - 11:50 am


Afro-Latin@s Plenary


Discurso de Apertura- AfroLatin@s


AfroLatinx Committee/ Comité Afro Latinx

Louie Ortiz, The  Gran Varones, Tasha Campbell Parker, Alex Velez

11:50 am - 12:20 pm

Networking Activity 

Dinámica para Interactuar

JP Cano, Resource Center- Dallas

12:20 -12:25 pm

Group Photo / Foto del Grupo

Juan David Franco, Mazzoni Center

12:30 – 2 pm

Latino Equality Networking Lunch/

Almuerzo de Convivencia

Cosponsored by Lambda Legal & Latino Outreach and Understanding Division (L.O.U.D.) of AHF

William Way LGBT Community Center, 
1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107



2 - 3:30 pm




2 - 3:30 pm

Workshops /  Talleres 



Coming Out: Through which door?/ ¿Por cual puerta salemos del closet?        Room: 403 (Marriott)

Our Youth Are #Born Perfect!/ Nuestros jovenes nacieron perfecto

Room: 410 (Marriott)


Advancing LGBT Advocacy in Rural, Latinx and Low-Income Communities/ Abogando por la igualdad de personas LGBT en comunidades Latin@s rurales de bajos recursos

Grand Ballroom I J (Marriott)


The Journey of Transgender Latina Women in the US/ La travesía de la mujer transgénero Latina en los EEUU

William Way Center Mark Segal Room


 Presenters & Location / Presentadores y Aulas 


Michael Diaz, Luis Nava, Danny Ochoa, Latino Commission on AIDS


Maritza Martinez, Somos Familia; Carolyn Reyes, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lisbeth Melendez- Rivera, Human Rights Campaign

Lisa Cisneros, Gloria GarciaCalifornia Rural Legal Assistance




Oliver Contreras, Alexa Rodriguez- Trans Latina Coalition DMV & La Clinica Del Pueblo

3:30 – 3:45 pm

Break / Descanso

(walk back to plenary room / regreso al salon principal)





3:45 – 4:45 pm


Grand Ballroom I & J

Community Strength: Healing in the Aftermath of the Pulse Tragedy

Fortaleza Comunitaria: Sanando después de la tragedia Pulse

Christopher Cuevas, Mark Anthony Delgado, Gustavo Rico Linde, Angel Santiago, Viviana Troche, Q Latinx

Hugo Chable Lara, Victoria Laos, Miguel Noranjo, Marco Antonio Quiroga, Contigo Fund

Joel Morales, Orlando United Assistance Center

Ricardo Negron, Proyecto Somos Orlando



4:45 – 5:25 pm

Call for Action Against Trump Policies: Immigration

Llamado de acción contra políticas de Trump: Inmigración

Reflection- Small Groups/ Reflección- Charlas pequeñas

 Luba Cortes, Make The Road NY


5:25 – 5:45 pm

Send Off


Alejandro Morales


5:45 – 6 pm


Evaluation/ Evaluación

Nikki Lopez, GALAEI & Karari Olvera, United Latino Pride

Co-Chairs/ Co-Presidentes

Thank You to the 2017 Unión = Fuerza Latino Institute:


Campeón: Lambda Legal, Latino Outreach and UnderstandingDivision (L.O.U.D) of AHF, League of United Latin American Citizens, NationalLGBTQ Task Force

Líder: David Bohnett FoundationNational Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Partnering & Communication to Together to Act AgainstAIDS of the CDC, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Principal: GLAAD

Socio: Anonymous, Mazzoni Center, Out2Enroll, PHLDiversity, William Way LGBT Center

Amigo: James Delmar, Danny's Midnight Confessions



    Advocates for Youth, Colectivo Acción Latina de Ambiente, Comunidad Estrella, GALAEI, GLAAD,         The Gran Varones, Hispanic Federation, Honor 41, Lambda Legal, LULAC, LULAC National                 Educational Service Centers (LNESC), Latino Equality Alliance, Make the Road New York, Mazzoni         Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health,                 Out2Enroll, Organización Latina de Trans En Texas, QLatinx, Somos Familia Valle, Somos Familia,         Texas Gay Latino Pride, Translatin@ Coalition, Trans Queer Pueblo, United Latin@ Pride and many         more at  (list as of 1/16/2017)

***This is a draft agenda subject to change onsite. Updated as of 1-17-17. For questions, contact Unión=Fuerza Latin@ Institute Programming Subcommittee Co-Chairs: Alexa Castanon & Francisco Duenas at