News release from Latino Equality Alliance:
Latino LGBT and civil rights organizations hold community forum
for “hard to count” community to discuss importance of being included
in the 2010 Census.
Los Angeles, CA – The Latino Equality Alliance (LEA) – an alliance
of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community based groups -
MALDEF and the Census Bureau held a community forum last Saturday,
February 27 with numerous families in Highland Park, a largely Latino
neighborhood in Los Angeles, to discuss why and how the LGBT community
should be counted in the 2010 Census. The first of its kind, the forum
was to educate same-sex Latino couples on how to fill out the Census
form to make sure that LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)
couples participate and are counted.
“The LGBT community is denied a number of federal civil rights
associated with military service, social security, immigration, health
and marriage benefits. A Census of LGBT couples is a good first step
in highlighting the needs of our community,” stated Eddie Martinez,
LEA co-chair and associate director of the Wall/Las Memorias.
An accurate Census count of the LGBT Latino community in the U.S.
will help secure funding for crucial health programs and needed
services for the community. Recent studies indicate that Latino LGBT
communities experience a large disparity in health outcomes compared
to the general population. Census demographic data helps educate
legislators and the public about the specific needs of the Latino and
LGBT community and prioritize funding accordingly.
Reflective of a policy change by the Obama Administration, the
2010 Census is the first national effort to acknowledge same-sex
couples, providing insight into the size and racial diversity of the
“Same-sex couples filling out the Census can indicate their
relationship to their married spouse by indicating ‘husband’ or
‘wife.’ Other same sex couples can select the ‘unmarried partner’
option to reflect their household status,” explained Matthew E.
Weinstein, LGBT community partnership specialist for the Census
“We appreciate the Census Bureau is recognizing the LGBT community
to be as diverse as the general public and that each community comes
with its own needs,” said Ari Gutierrez, LEA co-chair and vice
president of HONOR Political Action Committee. “The Census does not
ask transgender status or sexual orientation questions but Transgender
individuals can select the gender with which they identify.
Importantly, the Census is completely confidential and will benefit
our community in the long-run,” she added.
Forum speakers include, Lauren Pérez-Rangel, Western Regional
Census Director for MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and
Education Fund) who stated, “MALDEF is deeply vested in making sure we
achieve a full count of all Latinos and that includes Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) members of our community. We are
working with the Latino Equality Alliance to reassure the Latino
community that the census is confidential and extremely important. At
MALDEF, we strive for all Latinos to have fair and equal treatment in
society, and achieving an accurate count of the Latino LGBT community
will assist us in advocating for improved policies and practices for
As part of a larger civil rights effort, the Latino Equality
Alliance’s forum provided an opportunity for members of the Latino
LGBT community to actively engage in changing incorrect perceptions
and to increase support by the mainstream Latino community. The Latino
Equality Alliance is funded through a grant by the Liberty Hill
LGBT community service organizations including BIENESTAR Human
Service’s 11 southern California locations, have been designated
Census Resource Centers where the public can access additional
information about how to fill-out the Census form.
For information about the LGBT Census and resource locations visit
www.ourfamiliescount.org or call
1-877-352-3676. Photographs of the February 27 event in Highland Park,
CA also are available upon request.
News release from Latino Equality Alliance:
Have you noticed the nifty widget of Coyote Grace, one of our favorite folk bands, over there on the right hand side of this website? With a rocking redhead and a charmingly handsome transman, this band has been paying dues on the road for awhile. We had the pleasure of seeing them live at Chico State this year and hearing them talk about their journey together during Joe’s transition. Their music was mesmerizing and reflected all the usual themes of love and loss with an added layer of complexity reflecting identity changes in the mix. Click on the widget over there to hear more of their music. (Check out the poignant lyrics to Ghost Boy on their main fan page while you are at it.)
We didn’t think it could get any better, but they will be opening for four shows for the Indigo Girls, queer folk legends, in late March:
Tuesday, March 23rd, in Corvalis, OR
Wednesday, March 24th, in Reno, NV
Thursday, March 25th, in Santa Rosa, CA
Friday, March 26th, in San Francisco, CA
Again, go to the widget on the side of the page, to get updated news about their tours and sign up for their mailing list if you want to keep current. It’s always fun to watch a band hit the big time. When they are genuinely amazing people, it’s even more of a pleasure….
The movie Avatar has us thinking about creating more community connections with our fellow bloggers out there, so we went looking for a variety of interesting blogs that would appeal to our readers. Here are ten to check out now:
1. Advancing Gender Equality: www.transgenderequality.wordpress.com
This is the blog for the National Center for Transgender Equality and has up-to-date articles and news about political activism.
2. The Bilerico Project: www.bilerico.com
Read this one for “daily experiments in LGBTQ.” With over 75 contributors, this blog received the Advocates “Top Political Blog of 2009″ Award.
3. Gender Variance in the Arts: www.gvarts.blogspot.com
All about movies, writing, tv, politics, etc. You get the idea!
4. Intersex and the City: www.intersexandthecity.blogspot.com
A relatively new blog talking about everything from the legality of intersex surgery to Lady Gaga.
5. Laura’s Playground: www.lauras-playground.com
This blog bills itself as “a Transgender Umbrella Resource Community Online.” Many features are updated daily. Check out the transgender support group meetings online.
6. Pam’s House Blend: www.pamshouseblend.com
Frequent winner of the best of GLBT Blog Award, this site is “an online magazine in the Reality-Based Community” and has a bit of everything.
7. TGForum: www.3dcom.com
This blog has a variety of news, resources, places to shop, and a chat area.
8. Today You are You: www.todayyouareyou.com
Written by the loving mother of a transgender child from an affirmative standpoint. The name is based on a Dr. Seuss quote.
9. Transgriot: www.transgriot.blogspot.com
A finalist for the 2008 webblog awards in the GLBT category, this blog features “news, opinions, commentary, history, and a little creative writing from an African-American transwoman about the world around her.”
10. TransGroupBlog: www.transgroupblog.blogspot.com
This blog is the place “where a variety of voices from within the trans community gather to discuss issues, post news, and compile information.
Happy websurfing. Tell us what you think, and let us know if we are missing one of your favorites!
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