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Posted on Jul 22, 2014

Two Congresswomen write about why Latino families support marriage equality

California representatives Linda Sanchez and Lucille Roybal-Allard wrote a joint opinion piece in the Huffington Post about the impact of the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act decisions have had on Latino families. They point out in the article that 56% of the country still does not have marriage equality, including Latino lesbian and gay couples in states like Nevada and Arizona.

"When we can't come together to celebrate a wedding for all of our friends, gay or straight, and when we know they don't have the same opportunities we take for granted, it affects us all. Somos familia, we are family -- and that means we fight for and love each other unconditionally."

Representative Linda Sanchez convened a field hearing last year to discuss a report about the impact of discrimination on LGBT workers of color and has spoken out against the bullying of LGBT youth.

You can read their full op-ed here.

 

July 22, 2014
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Posted on Jul 16, 2014

Portland day laborer group loses Catholic charity grant because of ties to pro marriage-equality Latino organization

Voz Workers' Rights Education Project (VOZ) is a small non-profit in Oregon dedicated to empowering day laborers and immigrants. Its budget included a $75,000 grant they expected to get from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). But then CCHD informed the group that it would not get funded it if didn't cut its affiliation with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) a national Latino/a advocacy organization because NCLR supports marriage equality. Voz refused to do so and lost the grant.

National Council of la Raza voted to adopt a position in support of marriage equality in 2012.

This is not the first time that groups have been asked to drop relationships with national organizations, or risk losing funding. A Colorado group that helps low-income Latinos had a similar experience several years ago.

In Oregon, Tom Chamberlain of the AFL-CIO told the Oregonian that he was concerned about the vital resources provided by Voz' Worker's Center and the impact that their reduction in services would have on the state's "lowest-paid workers."

Voz has launched a petition and released a statement asking for local and national support.

 

July 16, 2014
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Posted on Jul 16, 2014

New photography book project features gay and transgender cabaret performers in Havana


Eric Politzer launched a Kickstarter campaign for his photography book OUT!: The Transformistas of Havana which chronicles the gay men and transgender women who perform at a cabaret in Havana. He writes in a Huffington Post interview that he sought to share the performers' strength and dignity with the rest of the world.

"It is my hope that people appreciate the strength, resilience and dignity that the Transformistas show in the face of so many external challenges that are layered upon their internal struggles as being gender non-conforming. But most of all I hope that for all that may be distinctively Cuban about these Transformistas readers will recognize that the Transformistas’ journey towards self-acceptance, authenticity and meaningful participation in community is an experience shared by LGBTQ folk all over the world."

In the Kickstarter video, Politzer explains that the photographs show the Transformistas in private and public spaces. Some show the performers inside the cabaret, others show the performers getting ready, some show the performers on stage in action and finally the book ends with the performers out in public in both iconic and everyday locations.

You can follow the link below to learn more.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/138517080/out-las-transformistas-of-havana

 

July 16, 2014
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