Dear ALMA Supporters and Friends,

As the Association of Latino Men for Action (ALMA) begins its 23rd year of serve to the Latino LGBTQ community on January 1, 2012, we continue build off a very rich and remarkable history. Whether taking the role as the lead gay organization helping to build a coalition among LGBTQ groups and others on comprehensive immigration reform or helping community based gay or Latino agencies to develop organizational policies that help increase access to healthcare services to the Latino gay, bisexual and question men and who also may be undocumented as well as being a key player in helping to insure that the new Mayor of Chicago supports the rights of all it’s residents, we have and continue to be a recognized leader on Latino LGBTQ issues.

Another area we hope to continue to lead on is education, through our ALMA Scholarship program. The scholarship program has been a great source of pride for both participants and supporters of ALMA. Each year, ALMA awards scholarships to two young Latino gay or bisexual men for their leadership on LGBTQ issues in their community and to help them meet their educational goals. The young Latino gay or bisexual men that have received these scholarships have been remarkable individuals and we are honor to have recognized them for their achievements. In the years to come, we also hope to help to influenced the newly created “Illinois Dream Act Fund” which will provide financial support to young Latino undocumented students to continue their education beyond high school. Through our work with the LGBT Immigration Coalition, we want to play a leadership role around how these funds can be made available to Latino LGBTQ youth.

Also this year, ALMA was award anther health coalition building grant by the Chicago Community Trust, to expand and continue our health advocacy work with both gay and Latino organizations to increase access to the services for the Latino LGBTQ community including those who may be undocumented. Our “Strength in Unity” coalition has really helped us see the opportunities and challenges that both communities face and our partner organizations have worked with us to begin to develop new strategies for meeting the needs of the whole Latino LGBTQ community.

Finally, as ALMA moves forward, the hope is to continue our work helping to provide advocacy, leadership, support and visibility to the needs of gay, bisexual and questioning Latino men as well as issues effecting the broader LGBTQ and Latino communities.

As the President of ALMA and on behalf of my fellow Board members we want to thank you for your support and hope that we can count on you again.

We hope you will consider making a donation or contribution to our work this year by sending a check or going online to www.almachicago.org.

Sincerely,

Julio Rodriguez
President of ALMA

ALMA Welcomes New Immigration Project Coordinator

Chicago, IL.- The Association of Latino Men for Action (ALMA) has hired organizer Tania Unzueta to coordinate work with the organization’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Project, a position made possible by a grant from Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP). Unzueta’s role is to support the work of a city-wide coalition of organizations advocating for just immigration legislation that respects human rights, promotes economic opportunities, provides a path to legalization for the undocumented, and includes members of the LGBTQ community and same-sex families.

Unzueta has been an immigrant rights organizer since she was 17. In the last year she has been at the forefront of advocating for passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which had it not failed in December would have provided a conditional path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth. She is co-founder of the Immigrant Youth Justice League, and has organized with immigrant youth all over the country. Her work with the LGBTQ community includes organizing with the Chicago Dyke March Collective, being producer of the Spanish-language LGBTQ radio show Homofrecuencia, and recipient of WCT’s 30 under 30 award.

The association of Latino Men for Action (ALMA) works to empower Latino gay, bisexual, and questioning gmen by providing support, advocacy, and leadership opportunities, through innovative cultural programming.