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Somos Familia was founded by two moms from the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) with Latino gay and bisexual sons in 2007 to reach out to other families. With an all-volunteer group of different generations we established the following mission and vision.
Our mission is to create support and acceptance for Latina/o/x lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning youth and their families.
We envision a world where youth of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are accepted and celebrated by their families and communities.
Everyday, children and youth are teased, harassed and subjected to violence because someone thinks they are lesbian, gay or transgender.1 Lesbian, gay and bisexual youth who are rejected by their families have a higher risk of depression, alcohol and drug abuse, and attempted suicide than youth who are accepted or celebrated by their families.2 Somos Familia brings families together to transform this reality.
1. Studies documenting harassment and violence may be found at the website of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, a national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.
2. Ryan C, Huebner D, Diaz RM, Sanchez J, Family Rejection as a Predictor of Negative Health Outcomes in White & Latino Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Young Adults. PEDIATRICS Vol. 123, No. 1, January 2009, pp. 348-352.