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Category Archives: LGBTQ

Within the last two years, sexual assault on college campuses has made the national spotlight. Currently, the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Education is investigating 208 cases of civil rights violations from the handling of sexual assault reports at 167 colleges. That number is likely to rise, as college students and parents become more knowledgeable of their rights and begin to unearth the troubling ways in which college administrators deal with reports of sexual assault.

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During our observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th and throughout the month of March, the National Latin@ Network is committed to recognizing the range of experiences of Latin@s who live with HIV and AIDS. This year, we hope to uplift the voices of Trans Latina women living with HIV and AIDS…

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Many Latin@ and LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence face difficult barriers when accessing services. Similarly, individuals living with HIV/AIDS also encounter societal stigma and structural challenges that place them at the margins. Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network recognizes that those living at intersecting identities and realities, such as TransLatin@ survivors of intimate partner violence living with HIV/AIDS, often encounter isolation and lack of understanding from the part of service providers.

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Up until February 27th Casa de Esperanza’s staff, mentors and Youth Amig@s will find themselves running around to put together the final touches to our 4th Annual Latin@ Youth Conference.

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Many people wonder whether what they are experiencing is abuse. Abuse can happen in every culture, age, race, nationality and socio-economic level. It happens in both heterosexual and LGBT relationships, and among family members. Casa de Esperanza and DECIMOS NO MÁS have created this handy tool to help you recognize abuse in your life and […]

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As children are exposed to new ideas and experiences, it can be hard to know what to say. Nobody has all of the answers, what most important is to keep your conversations going. Talk openly. Encourage open, honest, and thoughtful reflection. Allow children of all ages to express their ideas, expectations, questions, and concerns. Be […]

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By Jessica Manzano-Valdez, Public Policy and Communications Intern On June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage in the United States. I was just inches away from the steps of the court, surrounded by vibrant colors and joy when history was made. I only realized how monumental this event was when the pictures […]

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By Jose Juan Lara Jr., MS National Trainer I was honored to participate at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) annual conference whose theme this year was Communities in Action, Survivors and Allies for a Healthy Texas. The topic I presented was on the intersections of oppression and violence impacting lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and […]

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By: Heidi Notario Training & Technical Assistance Manager National Latin@ Network On February 20th, 2015 I had the opportunity of volunteering at the Gay Straight Alliance Summit that was held at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA organized by the LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national youth leadership organization that […]

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