• 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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  • International Women’s Day: Honoring the women in our lives

    International Women’s Day: Honoring the women in our lives

    [EN ESPAÑOL AQUÍ] Today is International Women’s Day, the day where we celebrate the contributions and acknowledge the struggles that women face in our global society. Joining in on the international celebration, the xQsí familia honors the LBTQ, Latina, or LBTQ Latina women that with their strength have shaped our lives for the better. Victoria García “The first Latin American […]

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  • ACTION ITEM: Apply for Netroots Nation 2012 Scholarship

    ACTION ITEM: Apply for Netroots Nation 2012 Scholarship

    Editor’s note: Netroots Nation is an annual gathering of progressive folks interested in learning how to use technology to influence the conversations around issues of public importance. However, as with many other large yearly conferences, the high cost of attending is often prohibitive for many working class people of color. Therefore, in order to ensure a strong LGBTQ Latin@ vote, […]

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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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  • I Know the Absolute Truth But You…

    I Know the Absolute Truth But You…

    It is so interesting how some of the aspects of a democratic society and process somehow fail to deliver what originally was intended as a the main purpose of a nation that serves, supports, and entitles every single citizen with the exact same rights. Those rights that were extensively examined by the founders of our nation and became the constitution […]

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  • ACTION ITEM: Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

    ACTION ITEM: Chicago LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment

    Launched on October 7th of this year by a partnership between the LGBT Community fund, an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust (CCT), and consultant firm Morten Group, the LGBT Community Needs Assessment will determine how to to raise and spend a million dollars in the Chicagoland LGBTQ community over the next three years. The assessment, consisting of surveys (available […]

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  • A call to all Latin@ voters

    A call to all Latin@ voters

    We are about a year away from the presidential elections and although it may seem too early to start getting involved, this is actually the right time. We’ve already seen the Republicans feuding among themselves for the official party candidacy. Frankly, after what I’ve seen during the debates, even putting the best of each of the possible runners, there is […]

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  • Una historia de película: “Mi.Nerva”

    Una historia de película: “Mi.Nerva”

    “Pies para qué los quiero si tengo alas para volar.” -Frida Kahlo Siempre he creído que la realidad supera a la ficción y que las historias más heroicas son aquellas escritas por gente común y corriente cuya vida suele pasar desapercibida para el mundo. Este es el caso de Minerva Romero quien junto con su hijo emigró 12 años atrás […]

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  • Chican@, Bisexual & Genderqueer … with Diabetes

    Chican@, Bisexual & Genderqueer … with Diabetes

    Ricky García, a bisexual/pansexual genderqueer Chican@, has been living with type 2 diabetes for 30 years. An advocate for people with disabilities at an independent living center in Claremont, California, ze knows first hand the struggles that many trans and gender non-conforming Latin@s face when living with diabetes. A Native of East Los Angeles, Ricky comes from a family with […]

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