Amigas latinas to fold after 20 years
At its peak, Amigas Latinas offered monthly platicas chats in members' homes, covering topics that ranged from identity, relationships, and family issues to mental health, domestic violence, and legal issues, as well as support groups, workshops, educational training, public programs and events. All rights reserved.
Amigas Latinas to fold after 20 years Tue. From a press release. Amigas Latinas did groundbreaking work and was an organization of vital importance to the community it served.
In recent years Amigas Latinas found it increasingly difficult to maintain earlier levels of programming and advocacy. An exhibit celebrating Amigas Latinas will take place in June.
It existed from July to July as a nonprofit and primarily volunteer-run organization serving lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning Latinas in the Chicagoland area. More information will be forthcoming. The organization grew and began addressing the issues — providing workshops, educational training, scholarships, support groups, and advocacy.
Most parents attended with their sons and daughters. The group continued to grow and was incorporated in May as the Amigas Latinas Association.
The organization is perhaps best known for its efforts to document the violence and discrimination, both domestic and external, facing LGBTQQ Latinas. The accomplishments of Amigas Latinas included the establishment of a of groups to address specific issues: Amiguitas Youth Group the first youth group for LBTQQ Latina adolescents and young adultsEntre Familia a Spanish-speaking safe environment for parents and friends of LGBT personsMadurando Elegantemente a group to explore issues related to aging gracefullyProjecto Basta training programs for professionals and nonprofits who work in mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violenceand La Dulce Palabra Spoken Word Ensemble a collaboration with En Las Tablas Performing Arts Center.
On July 10, founders, former board members, past and current Amigas Latinas members, friends and families will come together to celebrate the organization's twenty year long history. The project was the first survey to identify and collect the unique experiences and challenges facing lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning Latinas in Chicago.
After dhicago years, the group decided to fold, but the impact and accomplishments of the organization will continue be felt for years to come. The organization combated invisibility to remind legislators, funders, and other nonprofit organizations to consider the intersections of culture, language, gender, race, and sexual orientation faced by LBTQ Latinas. Topics included relationships, homophobia, mental health, domestic violence, immigration rights, and legal issues.