• Entre Familia: United Latino Pride Celebrates Third Year

    Entre Familia: United Latino Pride Celebrates Third Year

    Previously published at Extra Newspaper In late April of 2010, a group of community activists, leaders and representatives of various community organizations and groups met at Efebina’s Café in Pilsen with the simple goal of discussing how to best celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer Latino community in Chicago. “We only wanted to get together to talk,” said […]

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  • Victims No More: A Chicago Trans Group Fights Back

    Victims No More: A Chicago Trans Group Fights Back

    In 2008, 18 year old Angie Zapata had just begun living. Having transitioned only 2 years prior with the support of her loving family, the trans Latina teen was finally happy — able to live out her life as the young woman she knew she was. However, this happiness was short lived. In July of 2008, Angie met 31 year […]

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  • Vida/SIDA Opens Space for LGBTQ Homeless Youth

    Vida/SIDA Opens Space for LGBTQ Homeless Youth

    Last Saturday, in the presence elected officials, community leaders, and Humboldt Park residents, Vida/SIDA officially opened the doors of El Rescate, an assisted living space for homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, bringing a much needed service to the predominately Puerto Rican and Latino neighborhood. “This is about hope. It’s about dignity. it’s about saving lives,” said […]

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  • Women’s History Month: Sylvia Rae Rivera

    Women’s History Month: Sylvia Rae Rivera

    Sylvia Rae Rivera is possibly one of the best-known transgender women of all time. A co-founder of the Gay Liberation Front and STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), she dedicated her entire life to help empower homeless trans and queer youth while advocating for the rights of trans people in New York City and throughout the country. Born on July 2, […]

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  • A Lovely Union: Latina Couple Celebrates Valentine’s Day

    A Lovely Union: Latina Couple Celebrates Valentine’s Day

    Although they have spent Valentine’s Day together many times throughout their the ten years as a couple, for Gozamos editor Luz Chávez and her partner Laura this one is particularly special: it is the first year their relationship is legally recognized by the State of Illinois. On June 10, 2011 — their 10th anniversary — with tears of joy in […]

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  • Fighting HIV with Stigma: A Failed Tactic

    Fighting HIV with Stigma: A Failed Tactic

    Since the 1980s, the fight against HIV/AIDS has gained global attention. Although, as the struggle to control the virus has become increasingly more visible, people living with HIV/AIDS have also face increased stigmatization, often encouraged by prevention campaigns meant to help. In late December of last year, Fundación México Vivo launched an HIV prevention campaign encouraging pregnant women to get […]

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  • Open Letter to ABC: Transphobia is not Puerto Rican

    Open Letter to ABC: Transphobia is not Puerto Rican

    UPDATE 1/14/12: ABC has cancelled “Work It.” Dear ABC, As difficult as it may be for you to understand, transphobia is not an inherent Puerto Rican trait. Working with LGBTQ news, I knew what to expect even before tuning in to your premier of “Work It.” I had not only seen the preview, I had been reading everything the trans […]

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  • Chile to Cover Gender Affirming Health Services

    Chile to Cover Gender Affirming Health Services

    Yesterday, the trans arm of the Movement for the Intergration and Liberation of Gay people (MOVILH), in conjunction with the Chilean National Health Fund (FONASA) and the Chilean Ministry of Health (MINSAL), submitted the final paper work necessary for the implementation of the National Body to Gender Identity Congruency Protocol. In addition to requiring all health institutions to refer trans […]

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  • Good Morning, Lupita

    Good Morning, Lupita

    It’s midnight on December 12th and I sit on my couch in silence, watching México celebrate the alleged apparition of  the Virgin Mary to a Mexica man in Tepeyac. I sit in silence, as the circus that is her birthday unfolds, with political dignitaries and celebrities alike taking turns paying homage to an image that is almost as common in […]

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  • Argentine Chamber of Deputies approves Gender Identity Law

    Argentine Chamber of Deputies approves Gender Identity Law

    Last night, Argentina took one step closer in becoming the first country in Latin America to legally recognize transgender people’s right to their gender identity. During the last regular session of the year, the Argentine Chamber of Deputies approved the “Gender Identity Law” by a vote of 167-17 (with 7 abstentions). “We can’t believe that the margin with which [the […]

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