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, glaad.org 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. Glaad.org 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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