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We are organizing a national gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) activism in Latinx communities: Unión=Fuerza Latinx Institute 

SAVE THE DATE: We hope to see at the Unión=Fuerza Latinx Institute at the Creating Change Conference on January 16, 2020 at: 

Sheraton Dallas 
400 North Olive Street 
Dallas, Texas 75201 

The institute will bring together diverse groups of LGBT Latinxs and allies from across the country to foster supportive relationships and build our capacity to advance LGBT Latinx activism.
 
This institute is for Latinxs and allies to the Latinx community who:
- Work to reduce homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, or want to learn how
- Want to increase the understanding in Latinx communities about sexual and gender diversity
- Want to improve the quality of life for LGBT Latinxs
- Commit themselves to developing and being an out Latinx LGBT or ally leader
 
This institute is for: activists, nonprofit employees, students, academics, government employees, politicians, artists, media producers, etc ... in other words, YOU!  

How to participate:


¡Acompáñanos! 

Estamos organizando un convenio nacional de activismo lésbico, gay, bisexual, transgénero y queer (LGBTQ) en comunidades Latinxs.  

APUNTE LA FECHA: Esperamos vernos en el Instituto Latinx en la conferencia Creating Change (Haciendo Cambio) en Dallas, Texas 16  as January 2020:

Sheraton Dallas 
400 North Olive Street 
Dallas, Texas 75201 

El instituto reunirá un grupo diverso de Latinxs LGBT y Aliadxs de a través del país para apoyarnos y ampliar nuestra capacidad para avanzar activismo LGBT en nuestras comunidades Latinx. 

Este convenio es para Latinxs y Aliadxs de la comunidad Latinx:

- Que trabajan para reducir la homofobia, bifobia, y transfobia, o quieren aprender cómo hacerlo

- Que quieren ampliar el entendimiento de la diversidad de género y sexualidad en la comunidad Latina

- Que quieren mejorar la calidad de vida de personas Latinas LGBT

- Que se comprometen a desarrollar/ser líderes Latinxs LGBT y Aliadxs abiertos 

Este convenio es para: activistas, empleadxs de ONGs, estudiantes, académicos, empleadxs gubernamentales, políticos, artistas, productores de medios de comunicación, etc... o sea, TÚ!

Como Participar:

 
Workshop Session 1

"Remote Immigrant Advocacy: How to Assist LGBTQ+ People Incarcerated in Detention Centers or Living in Assistance Deserts”

Immigrants are deliberately prevented from accessing legal assistance and social services because they are trapped in border cities, incarcerated in remote detention centers or forced to live in areas with little to no community service providers. This systemic violence is compounded by punitive acts against black, brown and LGBTQ+ people. Our workshop will walk folx through tools they can use to remotely support these communities in their pursuit of freedom and justice. These tools can be used to uplift markers of identity that frequently serve to make us targets of violence and discrimination, as points of pride and advocacy. Presented by Marilyn E. Alvarado Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Mich P. Gonzalez

Southern Poverty Law Center 

"¿Quieres contar tu historia en los medios?"

GLAAD te quiere ayudar a contar tu historia. Compartiremos estrategias mediáticas y luego practicaremos como hacer una buena entrevista—en español o en inglés. GLAAD wants to help you tell your story. We'll share media strategies then do a practice interview in Spanish or English. Presented by Monica Trasandes, GLAAD

“Policy Implementation of LAUSD LGBTQ Resolution and School Climate Bill of Rights”

Latino Equality Alliance will present on the LAUSD’s School Climate Bill of Rights. This policy victory in 2013 created a dialogue and critical consciousness of the historic over-policing and disproportionate criminalization of black and brown youth in low-income neighborhoods. Part of the School Climate Bill of Rights implementation is the 2018 LAUSD LGBTQ Resolution As part of the Health Happens in Schools campaign through the Building Healthy Communities- Boyle Heights Initiative, grassroots organizations are asking school sites and district leaders for greater transparency on punitive treatment of students to disrupt and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline through restorative justice; articulating the need for parents, students, community leaders, and school sites to create systemic change and improve life outcomes for queer students of color.

 

“Ser Familia - Being Family”

Spanish: Este documental cuenta la historia de Juliana y sus dos mamás, Ángeles Acosta y Carmen Vélez, desde la voz y la mirada de su directora Teresa Previdi, quien, como amiga de la familia, relata el largo y contencioso camino hacia la legalización de la adopción por parejas del mismo sexo en Puerto Rico. A través de entrevistas y estampas familiares grabadas a lo largo de la vida de Juliana, Ser familia sirve como un instrumento de diálogo constructivo y educativo para promover la equidad para todos los niños y niñas.

English: BEING A FAMILY tells the story of two women who exposed their private lives to public scrutiny in their struggle for recognition of the validity of their family on the island of Puerto Rico. The two women, Mili Vélez and Angie Acosta, confronted a legal and social system that denied Angie’s ability to adopt the daughter she and Mili had raised together from birth. In doing so, these two very private people became the public faces and voices of others seeking respect and recognition of this basic fundamental core of society: La familia. Because all families are worth. Presented by Teresa Previdi, Directora Documental

 

 

Workshop Session 2

“Migración forzada de personas LGBTIQ de Centroamérica”

Es necesario fortalecer las acciones para identificar alternativas de apoyo que consideren las necesidades específicas de la comunidad LGBTI, víctimas de violencia, entre otros. Reconocer los riesgos de protección que enfrentan ciertas personas, en particular defensores de derechos humanos, personas lesbianas, gais, transexuales, bisexuales e intersex (LGTBI) Reconocer la necesidad de acciones integrales para mejorar la protección y la respuesta a las necesidades más urgentes de solicitantes de asilo, refugiados, desplazados internos, migrantes y retornados con necesidades de protección, así como otras poblaciones afectadas en el Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica. Presented by Dennis Castillo Fuentes

“ALV: White Supremacy (formerly: White Nationalism: How to Burn It Down, in Spanglish)”


We will be discussing the key elements of the white nationalist movement, how it works, and why it is working. How does white nationalism affect our organizing? As queer and trans Latinx movement builders, it is important that we are able to name and identify the ways in which the far right is organizing against us. We will hold space for a conversation that centers our community and analyses the ways we can actively counter white nationalism. Presented by Yaneth Flores Esperanza Peace and Justice Center

“EmPUTAdamente PUTAS!!! The Fight to Decriminalize the Sex Trade: Lessons from Texas and New York”

This workshop will provide a space for participants explore and get clarification on what the decriminalization of the sex trades is centered around, to learn about the dangers of the rescue industry, to review terminology that is often conflated, and learn about the organizing work and tactics used by trans and queer migrants of color both in Texas and New York through interactive activities and conversations with organizers. The workshop is centered in highlighting the impact that these policies have had primarily on low-income, Black and Brown immigrant trans and GNC folks. Presented by Mateo Guerrero-Tabares Make the Road, Anandrea

 

Pintando ALTO! Aprendiendo a expresarse sin tapujos bajo una experiencia de Pintura Multidisciplinaria

Como hablas alto sin tener que usar la voz? Gritarias usando las manos? Acompaña a Carlitos Diaz, pintor contemporáneo y activista Queer a aprender cómo la pintura expresionista puede convertirse en herramienta para la expresión y contribución de conversaciones de desigualdad. Utilizando materiales tradicionales de pintura, crea una pieza mientras expresas lo que más llevas dentro. Brochazo a brochazo guiado crea una expresión donde liberes tus mas rebeldes sentimientos de cambio, lucha, Amor e igualdad. Presented by Carlitos Diaz QLatinx

Workshop Session 3 

”Incidencia Política y Participacion Política”

La incidencia política como proceso organizado de influencia institucional tiene un limite y es que esta aunque busca influir en los procesos sociales y transformarlos, no tiene capacidad de decisión a menos que los/as/es que promuevan una agendas tengan las herramientas para lograr que los actores políticos que toman decisiones les escuchen y pongan la acción institucional para resolver los problemas presentados por las partes sociales, en este taller buscamos presentar herramientas que logren que los actores sociales ogren influir de manera efectiva en los tomadores de decisión. Buscamos que los/as/es participantes logren concienciarse sobre la importancia de tener un plan de incidencia política e incluir en su plan de incidencia los calendarios electorales, ademas de explorar las posibilidades de futuro que puedan plantear sus contextos políticos y sociales. Presented by Alex Mundaray

Pintando ALTO! Aprendiendo a expresarse sin tapujos bajo una experiencia de Pintura Multidisciplinaria

Como hablas alto sin tener que usar la voz? Gritarias usando las manos? Acompaña a Carlitos Diaz, pintor contemporáneo y activista Queer a aprender cómo la pintura expresionista puede convertirse en herramienta para la expresión y contribución de conversaciones de desigualdad. Utilizando materiales tradicionales de pintura, crea una pieza mientras expresas lo que más llevas dentro. Brochazo a brochazo guiado crea una expresión donde liberes tus mas rebeldes sentimientos de cambio, lucha, Amor e igualdad. Presented by Carlitos Diaz QLatinx

Puerto Rico: La lucha por la visibilidad trans, cuir y no-binaria y la experiencia colonial

In Puerto Rico, there is a proportionate amount of disinformation related to LGBT+ communities. Our project, La Sombrilla Cuir, was created in Puerto Rico on August 2018 to fight this issue. In our workshops we aim to educate communities on topics related to the communities we belong to: Black/Latinx trans, queer and non-binary people. To us it is important to empower these communities by learning inclusive language, self-management and social media-oriented activism. On this occasion, we would also bring to our workshop topics related to hardships we have encountered as a grassroots project, including some resistance from more traditional LGBT+ activism. By Ínaru de la Fuente & Yeivy Vélez-Bartolomei, La Sombrilla Queer, Luis Omar García-Mercado