A resolution passed by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in support of a more inclusive school environment may lead to a brighter future for LGBTQ+ students throughout Los Angeles, community leaders say.
The school year may be wrapping up, but a handful of students, teachers and parents still turned out to rally on June 12 at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s downtown headquarters for a resolution intended to increase support for LGBTQ students.
The quad at Lincoln Heights’ Plaza de la Raza was beautifully decorated with the vibrant papel picado banners matching the seven LGBTQ flag colors. Around 13 organizations gathered Tuesday for the second annual Unconditional Love Rally hosted by Latino Equality Alliance and USC Good Neighbors.
Como parte de nuestra responsabilidad social corporativa Estrella TV entregó 5 mil dólares a una fundación que apoya a la comunidad LGBT. Luchar contra la discriminación y educar a los padres cuyos hijos hacen parte de este grupo, es su principal labor.
As a battle continues in Congress over the fate of young immigrants protected by the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, young gay and lesbian immigrants living and working in the U.S. legally under DACA spoke out Monday in Los Angeles.
Inside a meeting room at Boyle Heights LGBTQ center Mi Centro is a stunning altar made by L.A.-based artist Erick Villegas Nunes. Crosses are cut into the top of a black box that resembles a church. It opens to illustrations of skulls and melted candles. Light pours through an orange, Aztec-style wheel on its roof and red, windowlike inserts on its front and back. There’s a deck of tarot cards inside and a ouija board at the base of the altar. On one side are the names of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
Charlie Ruíz Vazquez has many things in common with her mom, Mary Ruiz. Both are Clínica Romero health promotoras at the Ramona Gardens housing complex where they live, and both self-describe as very friendly people.
Charlie, who identifies him/herself as a gender-fluid pansexual, learned about community service from her mother, a volunteer and co-facilitator at the Spanish-language PFLAG meetings at Mi Centro in Boyle Heights.
Charlie Ruiz Vazquez (left) and her mother Mary Ruiz during recording session oF BHB workshop at Mi Centro LGBTBQ center in Boyle Heights. Photo by Antonio Mejías-Rentas for BHB.
Before beginning the recording session, 14-year-old Gavin Páez declared: “today we’re going to ask each other those questions we’ve never asked. It’s only been a year since he identified himself to his parents as a transgender boy and began speaking to them about his identity. Ricardo Páez and Alma Espinosa did not immediately understand the meaning of the word “transgender,” but never ceased to give him love and support.
Gavin Páez, his parents Ricardo Páez and Alma Espinosa, and his sisters Citally, Lorely and Emily, during recording session oF BHB workshop at Mi Centro LGBTBQ center in Boyle Heights. Photo by Antonio Mejías-Rentas for BHB.
At 17, Alex Medina is the youngest of Mario and Candelaria Medina’s four children, with whom they form a very united family. Two years ago he decided to come out of the closet and spoke to his parents, who assured him that their love for him would never change.
Alex Medina and his parents Candelaria and Mario during recording session oF BHB workshop at Mi Centro LGBTBQ center in Boyle Heights. Photo by Antonio Mejías-Rentas for BHB.
Through his reporting, he and his mom discovered several local LGBT organizations, and they got involved.
Now, wherever mother and son go, they speak up about gay rights and help other Latino parents learn to be more accepting of their gay children.
“Thanks to the newspaper, we found a community,” Medina said. “And we’ve educated ourselves so we can be out here, helping others.”
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