Bamby is a nationally recognized transgender Latina woman, the founder and producer of Angels of Change, the first trans youth calendar aimed at providing trans youth with a positive image within our society. Bamby has participated in numerous state and national conferences as a presenter and motivation speaker including Equality and Parity 2005 and 2009, United States Conference on AIDS in 2005 and 2007, Staying Alive in 2006, and HIV Prevention Leadership Summit 2006. An outspoken advocate for the LGBT community, she has been invited to speak at protests and rallies on immigration issues, marriage equality, and HIV funding cuts in the state of California. Her experience and scope of work include organizing around HIV prevention, correctional policy, and economic and professional development for transgender people across the US. Among her accomplishments include recognition from local and national organizations about her work and dedication to the betterment of trans people in The US.
Laura — Columnist – “Viviendo en la Claridad”
Laura was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the US at age 21 to redesign her life from the bottom-up. Her first jobs in this country included housekeeping and babysitting until she learned the language. Eventually she went back to school and earned a BA in Psychology at California State University and an MBA at Walden University. Laura has worked in the HIV field in different capacities and with people from diverse backgrounds since 1996. First with LA Shanti as Programs Manager and then with John Snow Incorporated in Colorado where she provided capacity building for several ASOs in the Midwest and conducted HIV national trainings. She also did independent consulting work, and prior to joining Gilead she worked at BI for 2 ½ years, first as Community Liaison and later as HIV National Accounts Manager. Laura is a columnist for XQsí Magazine and a contributing writer to the book Gathering Round the Fire.
Ignacio Ortiz has been working with the community for 15 years: first with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on HIV/AIDS prevention and education in the Latino Community in Los Angeles, California; and then as part of the founding team that launched *Tentaciones* Magazine, a publication that revolutionized the image of LGBT Latinos in the United States.
As Music Editor of *Tentaciones* (now out of circulation,) in addition to his regular CD reviews, Ignacio had the opportunity to interview such popular and critically acclaimed artists as Jaguares, Miguel Bosé, Kinky, Carlos Ponce, Jaramar, Kevin Johansen and Juanes. Ignacio’s reviews and essays have also been published in other music publications outside of the community.
Alfredo Hernandez works in the HIV Prevention and Education field. His main purpose working in the HIV field is to find best ways to point out the desire to help, educate, listen, understand, interact, socialize and work with people living with HIV/AIDS and bring awareness about HIV to those who need to be educated about the issues related to HIV. Alfredo brings his expertise to share with our readers from XQsí Magazine.
‘La familia es para siempre’ mi mamá always says, and there’s always more to family than just same blood or DNA. A queer femme Xican@ of first generation from the city of Compton. Currently finishing undergrad while writing or dancing in my spare time.
Giuliani Alvarenga is a recent UC Berkeley graduate who double majored in English Literature and Gender & Women’s Studies. He also worked at the Berkeley Free Clinic where he was a community educator who advocated to reduce HIV and substance abuse among men who have sex with men (MSM) of color in the East Bay. Giuliani currently works with the LA Gay & Lesbian Center as a youth advocate for their transitional living program. He aspires to become a professor and hopes to mentor students of color to pursue their academic goals. His plan is to teach in Ethnic Studies, English, and Women’s Studies at UC Riverside where he originally started his activist-scholar path.