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LGBT Rights Have a Voice in the Latino Community

LGBT Rights Have a Voice in the Latino Community

A new coalition was launched over the weekend entitled “Familia es Familia”. This new coalition illustrates that the Latino community is an asset in the fight for LGBT rights throughout the United States. Over the weekend 21 different Latino organizations, including the Dolores Huerta Foundation and the League of United Latin American Citizens, announced their support and endorsement of “Familia es Familia”  at the National Council of La Raza in Las Vegas, reports.

“Familia es Familia” is a bilingual coalition that hopes to inspire communication and offer resources to Latino families and the Latino LGBT community. In an interview with NPR’s Maria Hinojosa, “Familia es Familia” co-founder Ingrid Duran explains the importance and goals of the coalition:

At the end of the day, no matter what the journey is, you are still a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister, a mother, a father, and nothing changed from five minutes before you came out.

There has been a common misperception that black and Latino communities are somehow homophobic entities that draw no support for LGBT rights. “Familia es Familia” hopes to turn that misconception around.

Anthony Romero the executive director of the ACLU stated in an interview for NPR that change is coming from an essentially inclusive community, not a homophobic one. In his own words:

An overwhelming majority of our community believe that gay and lesbian people have rights, that those rights should be protected; that we’re accepting our families and our communities. It debunks the myth of the Latino community as a homophobic monolith.

The coalition plans to offer a wide variety of resources for families and the LGBT community. lists a few of these:

- An interactive bilingual website rich with videos, resources, and publications

- Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

- Promoting stories and voices in the media

- A mobile device-based community engagement campaign

Both Romero and Duran think that the timing is just right for the new coalition in the wake of President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage. Many polls have also suggested that the Latino community is one of the most inclusive and aware communities and are more likely to champion gay rights in the United States. The “Familia es Familia” website is already up and running for those looking to support the organization.

The announcement of the endorsement of “Familia es Familia” comes the same week as the announcement of the launch of the first ever lesbian Super PAC, LPAC, endorsed by such celebrities as Jane Lynch. As tension mounts during this election season more groups are taking a stand against non-tolerant platforms, such as Mitt Romney’s condemnation of LGBT marriage rights.

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1:54PM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Good news!

1:21PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Elaine A, how would you feel if Christians were once again persecuted for their religious beliefs? If Islam or Judaism were the only religions permitted?

Well Angela B. With all due respect...What planet have you been on since the days of Christ? Are you really that dense that you do not see the attacks on the Christian faith at the present time....Wise up Angela!!!

1:01PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

There are some very nasty people on here, who deny that all human beings should have the same rights and then they use religion to back up their hatred.

How would you feel, Paul P, if heterosexuals were pilloried in the streets for holding hands or kissing, or if they weren't allowed to marry?

Kath N, how would you feel if people who couldn't spell nor use grammar correctly were treated as subhumans or not allowed to marry?

Elaine A, how would you feel if Christians were once again persecuted for their religious beliefs? If Islam or Judaism were the only religions permitted?

People who deny others basic human relights should also be denied those same rights, in my opinion. They forfeit the right to be treated as human beings when they stop treating others as humans. Remember the Golden Rule and you will be a decent member of society.

8:35AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Paul P...............You want to be friends!

Elaine A.

8:33AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Well isn't that amazing, LOL! I mean after all, their symbol is a "RAINBOW" Ah, Last I looked at a rainbow, it had many colors (Think "NEW Oreo cookie) LOL! What did they think? That only white people are gay??????????????

9:38PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Your bigotry sickens ME! u really need a psychiatric help if u think that u can call man&man a husband and wife :)))

4:36PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

This is good news.

2:55PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

such good news---thanks for the post.

2:55PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

such good news---thanks for the past.

1:32PM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

Very nice!

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