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Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 7

En Esos Tiempos is a podcast hosted by Somos Familia Board Member Pau Lagarde and his parents Leo & Susy that covers various historical topics and events related to LGBTQ issues, race, ethnicity, the intersection of identities, culture, family, and more – How old times were and what new times are like. This episode focuses on the importance of the language. The words we use can have a lasting impact on our LGBTQ+ loved ones. Words have consequences. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 6

En Esos Tiempos is a podcast hosted by Somos Familia Board Member Pau Lagarde and his parents Leo & Susy that covers various historical topics and events related to LGBTQ issues, race, ethnicity, the intersection of identities, culture, family, and more – How old times were and what new times are like. This episode focuses on the importance of the International Workers’ Day. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Somos Familia celebrates International Workers’ Day

By Fabiola Lopez   In honor of International Workers’ Day on May 1, we want to share and bring awareness to labor rights resources, including legal aid and relief funds. https://www.coshnetwork.org/derechos-laborales-workers… (ESP) https://unitycouncil.org/…/resources-for-undocumented…/ (ESP/ENG) https://www.tuwu.org (ESP/ENG) https://legalaidatwork.org/?lang=es (ESP/ENG) https://legalaidatwork.org/sin-categorizar/relief-funds/… (ESP/ENG) https://docs.google.com/…/1PxLuuH0…/edit (ENG) https://www.nilc.org/issues/workersrights/ (ENG) https://www.dir.ca.gov/…/What_are_your_rights_as_a… (ENG) For more information, join us on May 15th at 3PM PST on Facebook Live for a Know Your Rights Training with Trabajadores Unidos: Workers United.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 5

En Esos Tiempos is a podcast hosted by Somos Familia Board Member Pau Lagarde and his parents Leo & Susy that covers various historical topics and events related to LGBTQ issues, race, ethnicity, the intersection of identities, culture, family, and more – How old times were and what new times are like. This episode focuses on why anti-trans laws are dangerous for transgender youth and how parents can support their children. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 4

En Esos Tiempos is a podcast hosted by Somos Familia Board Member Pau Lagarde and his parents Leo & Susy that covers various historical topics and events related to LGBTQ issues, race, ethnicity, the intersection of identities, culture, family, and more – How old times were and what new times are like. This episode focuses on understanding the concept of machismo in relation to Latinx families and their LGBTQ+ loved ones. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 3

En Esos Tiempos is a podcast hosted by Somos Familia Board Member Pau Lagarde and his parents Leo & Susy that covers various historical topics and events related to LGBTQ issues, race, ethnicity, the intersection of identities, culture, family, and more – How old times were and what new times are like. In this episode, we will talk about tips for parents with two or more LGBTQ children. All parents want the best for their children, but providing support is not always easy, especially if you are the parent of an LGBTQ child. For many LGBTQ youth, giving that news

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 2

En Esos Tiempos is a podcast hosted by Somos Familia Board Member Pau Lagarde and his parents Leo & Susy that covers various historical topics and events related to LGBTQ issues, race, ethnicity, the intersection of identities, culture, family, and more – How old times were and what new times are like. This episode is about horoscopes. Astrology and horoscopes are some of the many topics that LGBTQ+ Latinxs and their parents often have in common and can share, just like Pau and Susy in this episode. And they are particularly with iconic personalities like the late, great Walter Mercado.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 1

  The hosts: Pau and his parents, Leo and Susy. The podcast En Esos Tiempos is part of Somos Familia’s programming. Somos Familia focuses on supporting LGBTQ Latinx people and their families. For more information and to support the work of Somos Familia, subscribe to this podcast and visit the Somos Familia website at www.somosfamiliabay.org. The episodes of En Esos Tiempos will cover various historical topics and events related to LGBTQ issues, race, ethnicity, the intersection of identities, culture, family and more – how the old times were and how the new times are.

Trans Day of Visibility 2021

Tomorrow is Trans Day of Visibility – TDOV! Join us in creating a wave of love for the trans community. Share this video, mention out trans people that inspire you in the comments, and/or create your own video appreciating trans people that inspire you and use the hashtag #TDOVinspira.

Enough with the hate!

This month we mark a year of quarantine isolation and celebrate Women’s History Month. We reaffirm that we are a community united by the vision of creating a just world that embraces people of all genders and sexual orientations. To achieve that goal we know that we have to condemn violence, racism, white supremacy, and stand in solidarity with people of all races and ethnicities. We are outraged and saddened by the news that last night 8 people were murdered in Atlanta and that the majority were Asian women. In recent months, we have seen that crimes against the Asian

Self Care Saturdays

Every Saturday on Facebook Live we have programming to help us through this difficult time during the pandemic. We have talked about caring for our faces and bodies and about mental health. We have painted together and learned about plant care. We have celebrated Mothers’ Day and Pride. Join us this Saturday at 3PM PT on Facebook Live. You can see our previous Self Care Saturdays here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-zi-txEiq0&list=PLyidoggCO_BhHgeRBVE8Z0vfAdV2-9sF4

This Week

Dear Community, This week has brought us many highs and lows. How are you feeling? On a high note, just yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program will remain in effect, protecting 800,000 recipients – including 60,000 who identify as LGBTQ+. We are so happy that our DACA siblings will be able to continue to live their lives without fear of deportation. You belong here and we are so glad you are part of our familia. Additionally, earlier in the week, the Supreme Court affirmed that it is unlawful to fire LGBTQI+ people

Black Lives Matter

Dear Community,  We are thinking of each of you during these difficult times. We are feeling the weight of all that is happening in our families, communities, and around the country. You may feel angry, sad, scared, and outraged by the compounded situations we are facing. This is a time for us to stand together and support each other in any way possible. We are outraged by the ongoing systemic racism that led to the killings of so many of our Black siblings. We are outraged by the endless reports of police brutality against Black people around the country. We

Somos Familia COVID-19 Community Fund

Somos Familia always strives to build leadership and to support Latinx families and communities so that people of all genders and sexual orientations can prosper and continue to thrive. With COVID-19 disproportionately impacting Latinx and LGTBQI+ communities, Somos Familia wants to strengthen our reach and support to our communities now more than ever.  That is why, Somos Familia is announcing our COVID-19 Community Fund. This fund will provide financial support of up to $500 per individual or family household. We are able to provide these funds to our community members in need due to the generous support of Akonadi Foundation

Staying Connected in the COVID-19 era

Hola Familia! How are you? We are thinking of you all during these unprecedented times. We are here. Reach out and we will do our best to connect you with support and resources. We created a list of frequently asked questions in Spanish about getting resources and support. Many of us are feeling scared, overwhelmed, and alone. Let’s do what we do best and work together to stay connected and fight off isolation, loneliness, boredom, and fear. Reach out to each other and make sure we all feel the love and support familia (given or chosen) has to offer. Although

Nuestras Familias – Full of Complexities and Love

By Nancy A. Ángel-Hurtado Originally published on: Family Equality My parents and I immigrated from Mexico to seek the American Dream in the 1980s. Through my parents’ hard work and determination, we navigated a new neighborhood and a language barrier that made us feel less than and unwelcomed, eventually building a life away from our familia in Mexico. Everything was going according to their plan until I was outed by a family member at the age of seventeen. Instead of denying it, I thought honesty would be best. I was hopeful that they would accept and understand—at their core, they

Vote for Somos Familia

We are so excited to announce that we are FINALISTS for the prize of 2019 BEST OVERALL PARADE AWARD from the San Francisco Pride March and we need your vote to win! We have all put so much work to be the best contingent of the pride parade and this is the first time that we had a float! Please take a minute to vote for Somos Familia The last day to vote is TODAY (8/22) AT 6 PM! Vote and share! Thank you family!! Vote Here!

Family, community support is crucial for transgender, non-conforming youth

https://www.dailycal.org/2019/05/03/family-support-is-crucial-for-trans-and-non-conforming-youth/?fbclid=IwAR0etf9631pMJIYQTVnPxksDmC6vyMDsQgHBNonuT1UvQL7BMwLKecCmiFs

Gathering for Families and Diversity

This May, we will be hosting our first ever California-wide gathering for Latinx families with LGBTQ+ children/family members. We are planning a weekend full of community building, discussions, and training. We believe that Latinx families have the power to be LGBTQ+ allies and fierce advocates and want to aid that transformation by providing space for them to learn, heal, connect, and most importantly—celebrate TOGETHER! We are excited to invite familias with LGBTQ members to join the 1st Encuentro de Familias y Diversidad that will take place May 3-5, 2019 at Stanford University.  If this sounds as magical to you as it

The Fear of Going Home

By Fátima Casas Soy una flor con espinas atrevidas y hermosas que no todxs saben valorar.  I am a flower with daring and beautiful thorns that not all know how to value. Bailo y Canto: 💃🏽 “Como la flor/ Like a flowerCon tanto amor/ With so much loveMe diste tu, se marchito/ You gave me you, it witheredMe marcho hoy, yo sé perder/ I march now, I know how to lose” (Selena, Queen of Cumbia) Soy la primera de mi familia que decidió irse de mi casa, the first of my family to leave home. I hopped on the Greyhound in the

Somos Familia is hiring a PT Family Organizer!

Somos Familia is looking for a part-time organizer with a passion for collaboration and support for Latina/o/x families with LGBTQ children. Reporting to the Director, the Organizer’s primary responsibilities will be to coordinate community workshops and parent support activities. Please share with anyone in your network that might be interested. Spanish-language proficiency required. Organization Somos Familia supports Latina/o/x families with children who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) and conducts education to create family and community acceptance. Somos Familia is a primarily volunteer-run, intergenerational, bilingual, community-based organization working to build a climate of acceptance for Latina/o/x LGBTQ youth

Meet La Tia Cecilia

“The most difficult problems affecting Latina/o/x LGBTQ youth are related to negative responses to their LGBTQ identity. Concern about family acceptance is the top problem identified, and having their families accept and support them is a key change they wish for in their lives.” – Supporting and Caring for Latino LGBTQ Youth Report (2012) by the Human Rights Campaign and The League of United Latin American Citizens Many concerns about family acceptance are deeply connected to religious beliefs, particularly within Latina/o/x families. According to a Pew Center Study, over 70% of Latinas/os/xs attend religious services regularly. Religious beliefs are often

The Community Voices Behind Entre Nos

The Community Voices Behind Entre Nos In February 2017, we launched our animated series – Entre Nos. Entre Nos follows one Latina/o/x family’s journey to accept their gay son and begin to understand how to support him within the family and out in the world. The series grew out of our 10 years of experience working with the families of Latina/o/x LGBTQ people and tackles real situations that families experience. We hope the series will reflect our community and provide hope and information to LGBTQ people and their families. In the first episode released in 2017, Miguel comes out to

10 Years of Unconditional Love

Dear Friends,                                                                            Happy Holidays to you and your family! This year Somos Familia is celebrating 10 years in the community! Many things have changed in the last ten years but one thing that has remained the same is our vision of a world where youth of all sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities are accepted and celebrated by their families and communities. For 10 years this organization that was built on unconditional love has touched so many lives. The families we have supported are the ones that are now supporting others on their journey to acceptance. Please read

Thank you for celebrating 10 Years of Somos Familia

Thank you to all who came and celebrated our anniversary with us on September 16th at the Women’s Building. Click here to see photos from the event.