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LULAC Co-Hosts Historic LGBT Latino Convening in Atlanta

LULAC Co-Hosts Historic LGBT Latino Convening in Atlanta

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Placido Salazarpsalazar9@satx.rr.com
January 10, 2013
Contact: Pa202-833
 LULAC Co-Hosts Historic LGBT Latino Convening in Atla
National Latino Organizations Endorse Latino Institute at Premier LGBT C
 Washington, DC
LULAC joins almost 30 LGBT and Latino organizations to co-hostUnión=Fuerza,the first ever LGBT Latino Institute at Creating Change, the premier anorganizing and skills-building event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGcommunity and their allies. By bringing together diverse groups of LGBT Latinos and aacross the country to foster supportive relationships and build capacity, the Unión=Fue
Institute aims to strengthen and unify the LGBT Latino community’s voice and advocac
 "With over 50 million Latinos in the U.S. increasingly demonstrating strong support fo
equality, it is more critical than ever to invest in our Latino LGBT leadership,” said Dav 
co-lead Unión=Fuerza organizer, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) D
Development, and Latino GLBT History Project President. “While many out LGBT Lati
the forefront of social justice movements, there is still much untapped growth to develoto reach our community's full potential and more effectively address issues facing LGB
and their friends and families.”
LULAC formed the first LGBT council in 2006 affirming its commitment to equality unfor Americans
including our LGBT brothers and sisters. LULAC stands with our greatSan Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Dolores Huerta, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, whLGBT discrimination should not be tolerated. LULAC looks to continue to reaffirm the between the LGBT and Hispanic communities through participation in this Institute.The Institute will take place on January 24, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. The 25th National ConLGBT Equality: Creating Change, is a five-day conference organized by the National GaLesbian Task Force, and features over 350 workshops and training sessions, four plena
and tons of networking opportunities.
“Creating Change has always been a space that celebrates all members of our LGBT communities.
 We are thrilled that the first-ever Latino Institute will take place at our upcoming conference in Atlanta. The Task Force is committed to the work for racial and economic justice, as seen in ourfocus on immigration reform. For 25 years, LGBT people of color have participated in andcontributed to our Creating Change Conference. The Latino community is an integral part of ourLGBT community and the LGBT community is an integral part of the Latino community. We look forward to the launch of the Latino Institute at Creating Change. Bienvenidos,
” stated Russell
Roybal, Deputy Executive Director of External Relations at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.Sign up to declare your interest in attending the Latino Institute by clicking here.You will receive Latino Institute updates from the Institute planning committee. To attend, you must register for
the 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, hosted by the National Gay andLesbian Task Force.Interested participants were asked to fill out an informational survey for the purposes of helpingorganizers create a meaningful program. Organizers are also actively recruiting Latino and ally community members, promoting the institute among media outlets, fundraising to help coverprogramming costs, and identifying ways that interested participants can reduce their housing andtravel costs. Contact David M. Pérez for sponsorship opportunities. To learn more about the project, visit the fully bilingual official Unión=Fuerza Latino Institute website.To receive the latest updates on the Latino Institute, connect with us on Facebook  and Twitter. Partner organizations include ACCESO, California Rural Legal Assistance, Causa of Oregon, CorralConsulting, Entre Hermanos, GLAAD, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Hispanic Federation, InstitutoFamiliar de La Raza, Lambda Legal, Latino Equality Alliance/ Alianza Latina por la Igualdad,Latino GLBT History Project, Latino Network, League of United Latin American Citizens, LULACDallas Rainbow Council #4871, LULAC Young Adult Rainbow Council #4215, National Council of La Raza, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Point Foundation, The QueerUndocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), a project of United We Dream, Resource Center of Dallas, SONG/ Southerners on New Ground, Trans Latina Coalition, Unid@s, The National Latin@LGBT Human Rights Organization, United Latino Pride, Unity Coalition, Weingart Center Association and Wingspan. Organizations and agencies interested in becoming community partners can find more information here.  ###
 About LULAC
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil
rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latinocommunities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 900 councils around the United States and
Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for
Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org. 
 Defensores de Derechos LGBT Anuncian el Primer Instituto Latino en la
Conferencia “Creating Change” 
Defensores y aliados Latinos LGBT aspiran a crear una comunidad latina LGBT másunida Washington DC
- Hoy un grupo de defensores y aliados latinos de la comunidad lésbica, gay, bisexual, y transgénero (LGBT) anunció Unión=Fuerza,el primer Instituto Latino en la conferencia
“Creating Change”. “Creating Change” es un evento anual donde la comunidad LGBT y sus aliados
se reúnen a discutir los aspectos de justicia y activismo social, así como la capacitación deimplementación, entre otras cosas. Al impulsar la solidaridad y mediante el fortalecimiento decapacidades de un grupo diverso de latinos LGBT y sus aliados, el Instituto Latino pretendereforzar y unificar la voz y la abogacía de la comunidad latina LGBT.
“Con más de 50 millones de latinos en Estados Unidos quienes demuestran cada vez más su apoyo
a los derechos de la comunidad LGBT, es de suma importancia respaldar el desarrollo del liderazgo
latino LGBT”,
dijo David M. Pérez, uno de los organizadores de Unión=Fuerza, Director Desarrollode la Liga de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos (LULAC) y Presidente de el Proyecto Histórico
de la Comunidad Latina GLBT. “Aún tomando en cuenta que un gran número de pers
onas latinasLGBT están a la vanguardia de movimientos de justicia social, existen grandes oportunidades paraque la comunidad se desarrolle plenamente, y contrarrestar los problemas que afectan los latinos
LGBT, sus familiares y amigos”.
LULAC formó el primer concilio LGBT en 2006, estableciendo su compromiso a la igualdad bajo laley para los americanos, incluyendo nuestros hermanos LGBT. LULAC se para al lado de losgrandes líderes como el alcalde de San Antonio Julián Castro, Dolores Huerta, y secretaria de laborHilda Solís, quienes creen que la discriminación contra los miembros de la comunidad LGBT nodebe ser tolerada. LULAC apoya la colaboración entre la comunidad hispana y la de LGBT con suparticipación en este Instituto.El Instituto Latino s
e llevará a cabo el 24 de enero del 2013 en Atlanta, GA. Por su parte, “CreatingChange” es una conferencia de cinco días convocada por la organización National Gay and Lesbian
Task Force. Esta cumbre reúne a un grupo diverso de activistas y ofrece más de 350 talleres y sesiones de capacitación, cuatro sesiones plenarias, así como muchísimas oportunidades paraconectar e interactuar.
“Creating Change” siempre ha sido un espacio que celebra a toda la gente de nuestra comunidad
LGBT. Estamos encantados de que en nuestra próxima conferencia en Atlanta, por primera vez sehará realidad el Instituto Latino. Nuestro compromiso como organización es trabajar por la justiciatanto racial como económica, tal y como se puede ver en nuestro enfoque en el tema de la reformamigratoria. Por más de 25 años, las comunidades de color LGBT han formado parte y aportado a la
conferencia “Creating Change”. En efecto, la comunidad latina es tan parte integral de nuestra

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