Jan Tucker admin@janbtucker.com Agreed!! A small victory for LGBTI Latino Equality Alliance info@latinoequalityalliance.

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To Jan B. Tucker and the Chicano Moratorium Committee: Thank you so much for the invitation to the Latino Equality Alliance be a part of this important civil rights commemoration and speak on behalf of our LGBT communities' struggle for social justice. We appreciate your keeping the invitation open even after the boycott threat from detractors for including us. First, it was inspiring to meet so many leaders from our Latino community who have been on the front lines of social justice since the Chicano Moratorium 43 years ago and subsequent equity advocacy efforts for race, women, students, immigrants, the incarcerated, victims of social oppression, etc. It's an honor to meet these leaders, hear their stories and to know they still have the fight in them! Secondly, it was inspiring to hear about the important social justice issues fellow community leaders are working on now. Truly, theirs are heroic efforts that are making a difference in the lives of so many. Yet, from their stories, we realize there is so much yet to address in terms of equal opportunities and quality of life for our Chicano brothers and Chicana sisters and other communities of color. Specifically, the experience of having so many of our men incarcerated and the unending pain of family separation, economic despair and missed opportunity for betterment through education and creation of good paying jobs in our own communities. And, the inadequacies of the U.S. immigration policy and process, the lack of accountability by nations from which immigrants "escape" economic dysfunction and persecution, and the "head in the sand" approach to border security that allows countless deaths of migrants who wish nothing more than to reunite with loved ones who are already in the U.S. working in the shadow conomy. As such, it feels at once humbling and empowering to include the social justice struggles of our LGBT community in equal footing with those of race, gender and economic opportunity.

As Eddie Martinez, co-founder of the Latino Equality Alliance, noted in his speech yesterday, our struggle for LGBT social justice has been about a lot more than marriage equality: http://youtu.be/iKfiGDY4ebc The experience of the California Prop. 8 campaign, which took away rights from Lesbian and Gay couples, made clear the racial divides in our LGBT Movement and its lack of investment in our people of color communities. As LGBT Chicanos/as, we took to the streets, we held our own national press conferences, and press our cause in the court of public opinion and at the tables of political power. These are all small victories for LGBT and racial justice but the job is not done. This summer we saw California's Prop 8 overturned and marriage rights restored. Further, section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act DOMA was also overturned and now married same sex couples have equal access to hundreds of legal rights including social security, health, and immigration. These are added victories to the dismantling of the military "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. But, the job is not done -- in our communities of color, we continue to see a dearth of services for LGBT youth and their families. Specialized services by LGBT organizations are inaccessible due to disconnects that are cultural, economic and geographic. And limited investment by public and private funders, which has a history of throwing "band aid" money to communities of color to address the negative outcomes of the above mentioned disconnects. e.g., HIV/AIDs, homelessness, drug abuse, etc. However, disposition of such medical, mental and social services is not the sole responsibility of LGBT organizations. Community based organizations (CBO's) service organizations in our own communities also exhibit disconnects when it comes to being educated, inclusive and proactive in serving LGBT members of our community, hence perpetuating the negative outcomes of homophobia and transphobia. Advocacy of these policy issues continues to fuel the Latino Equality Alliance. Our focus now is on developing a regional approach to building the strength of our young LGBT Latino/a leaders as a way of changing the narrative of the LGBT experience. Our premiss is that empowered LGBT youth will reject being victims of domestic (bullying at home) and peer violence (bullying at school) and have the support, tools and resources to make things better now for themselves, their peers and future generations. That is why including our LGBT voice to be heard on the stage of the Chicano Moratorium commemoration for the first time is an important victory for our Latino and LGBT communities. I know it meant a lot to us as organizers, but it was equally impactful for members of our community who recognized the rainbow flag and called out their support.

An especially, poignant experience was to have a young man approach us at the Chicano Moratorium rally wearing his Brown Beret uniform. He told us how excited he was to see us there with the "gay" flag. We invited him to join us on stage to hold the flag during our LGBT speech. He explained that since he was in uniform he would have to ask his troop leadership for permission. He came back with news that his Brown Beret troop took a vote, and they voted, "Yes"! Here's to small social justice victories! While, we may not be able to resolve all inequalities in our community at once or ever, we can solve those that count on a personal level and make an important difference to those around us. image.jpeg Jan, Happy Birthday! and thank you!!! ¡Qué Viva La Raza! ¡Qué Viva La Justicia! Thanks, Ari Gutierrez, Co-Chair Latino Equality Alliance

On Aug 25, 2013, at 12:56 PM, Jan Tucker <admin@janbtucker.com> wrote: Today's my b/d. The best birthday present I got was the privilege yesterday of having arranged for LGBTI speakers from Latino Equality Alliance and TransLatina at the National Chicano Moratorium commemoration at Salazar Park. They were well received. One middle aged straight male Chicano came up to our NOW/CALLAC table and asked if the "Equal Marriage NOW" sign was for Gay marriage. When I told him yes he asked "where do I sign" to support same sex marriage. He told me of how he has Lesbian family members and he wants to support them and their children. That's the best and I'm just humbled to do my part to change people's attitudes and keep the ball moving forward. Jan B. Tucker J.B. Tucker & Associates, PI-10143 P.O. Box 433 Torrance CA 90508-0433 Tel: 213.787.5476 Fax: 310.618.1950 http://www.janbtucker.com <http://www.janbtucker.com/> http://www.janbtucker.com/blog AIM: janbtucker Twitter: janbtucker Facebook: Jan B. Tucker Myspace: Jan B. Tucker

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