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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 a group of volunteers and staff of different generations, we established the following mission and vision.
Somos Familia builds leadership in our Latinx families and communities to create a culture where people of diverse genders and sexual orientations can thrive.
We envision a just world that embraces people of all genders and sexual orientations.
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.