To fight for the rights of the Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community by advocating for fairness and equality and by affirming Latino LGBTQ culture.
LGBTQ Immigration Work: ALMA helped establish the LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Coalition along with different LGBTQ and Immigrant Rights organizations. The Coalition serves to educate, and advocate for an inclusive comprehensive immigration reform that protects and is sensitive to the needs of the LGBTQ immigrant community.
Undocumented and Gay: An Honest Conversation
Hearts and Minds Initiative: ALMA is committed to working to transform communities to accept and celebrate the LGBTQ Latino experience. We will continue building relationships with other Latina/o agencies, and allies, to educate and empower individuals and families to feel safe and proud of their identities in their homes and communities.
Leadership Development: By connecting with national and local opportunities we strive to develop leadership in our community to help move the Latino/a LGBTQ agenda forward. ALMA also focuses on programs that foster this type of growth in youth while at the same time uniting our current Latino LGBTQ community leaders.
Scholarships: ALMA awards scholarships to provide some financial assistance to outstanding Latino Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning youth leaders to attend the annual Creating Change conference.
Creating Change is the largest LGBT conference in the country, with about 4,000 participants from all across the country. Last year there were over 390 workshops, training sessions, meetings and events — that range from different issues. Participants learn about different issues, practice and learn new tools to bring back to their communities and implement change.
Also, for the past two years — different Latina/o and LGBT Organizations have organized a “Latino Institute.” There are various day-long institutes, some are issue-based, and others are community-based. This year (2014), the Latino Institute was the largest, most-attended Institute out of all other ones. The Latino Institute is an inter-generational space, and participants are able to receive more in-depth training about issues affecting the LGBT Latino community. An emphasis has been placed on leadership development and mentoring the younger generation. ALMA is a community sponsor of the Latino Institute.
Members of the LGBT community and their supporters speak out after a string of hate violence during a rally in New York.
By Sharita Gruberg
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, or NCAVP—a group of organizations dedicated to ending all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, and HIV-affected communities—recently released its report on hate violence in 2013 against these communities, finding a 21 percent increase in physical hate violence. Those at greatest risk of severe forms of violence include transgender people, people of color, gay men, and LGBT undocumented people. Although undocumented immigrants account for less than 3 percent of the total adult LGBT population in the United States, they represent nearly 8 percent of LGBT hate violence survivors.
The Williams Institute at UCLA estimates that there are at least 267,000 LGBT-identified adult undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Living at the intersection of two marginalized groups—the LGBT population and the undocumented population—makes these individuals particularly vulnerable. They face numerous challenges due to their lack of legal status, including employment insecurity, wage and income disparities, and health inequities. Furthermore, they face bias and discrimination because of their LGBT and immigration status. Reforming immigration laws to create a legalization program with a pathway to citizenship would provide this population with the full rights and protections it currently lacks, bringing it out of society’s shadows.
Read more and download the full issue brief here.
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has set up a site that helps students research their college options and succeed in higher education. Their most recent project is a college guide for LGBT students.
LGBT students can face a unique set of challenges as they acclimate to the college experience. According to a recent survey from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), almost 82% of students reported being verbally harassed. At the same time, students who felt they were in an LGBT-inclusive atmosphere were about 20% less likely to feel unsafe. Our guide includes information on where to look for resources on campus, national support organizations, and even a list of LGBT-specific scholarship opportunities.
“The college guide helps members of the LGBT community choose the right college, find LGBT-specific scholarships, and offers a number of support resources.”
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
“Empowering Our Youth” was the theme of ALMA Chicago’s 2nd annual Mobilizing our Youth Conference June 6 at Corazon Fuerza Youth Center in Cicero, Illinois. The event was among a number of United Latino Pride activities that took place throughout the week. About 60 people attended the evening’s activities.
After words of welcome and introductions by Latino Soul, representatives from Corazon Fuerza Youth Center explained the services that they provide and urged everyone to come and participate in the center’s activities and utilize the building’s services which are free of charge.
Then Rosalva Nara from County Care at the Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems presented information on eligibility requirements for Illinois Medicaid and urged everyone to get health insurance.
A screening of the short film “Ojos Que No Ven/Eyes That Do Not See” ( an official selection at the 2014 Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival ) kicked off the evening’s activities. The film centers around the conflict between Josephine, a queer 15-year-old first generation Salvadorian American, and her mother Margarita on the eve of Josephine’s quinceanera. A skype Q&A with Janet Arelis Quezada, the executive producer of the movie, took place after the screening.
Two education sessions followed the screening: “Allies and the LGBTQ Community,” moderated by Corazon Executive Director Mary E. Johnson and Corazon Health Educator Jose Enrique Vazquez; and “Community Organizing and Civic Engagement,”with ALMA’s Advocacy Co-Chair Luis H. Roman-Garcia moderating.
The “Allies and the LGBTQ Community” session featured information on how allies can best help the LGBTQ community and the “Community Organizing and Civic Engagement” session featured strategies on how to effectively mobilize people around specific causes.
Following the education sessions, Janet Aqua Paradise Lopez showcased his unique dance moves and seven youth attendees faced off against each other in a dance contest.
Thanks to CAN-TV for putting these together and airing them on their station.