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We are proud to announce that Sasha Ritzie-Hernandez (she/they) has joined us as the new Executive Director of Somos Familia. Sasha brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to advocacy and empowerment. Born in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, to Afro-Indigenous and Afro-Filipino parents, Sasha’s journey has been marked by a profound dedication to social justice.   Raised in a conservative community amidst cultural complexities, Sasha, alongside her brother, navigated the intersection of their LGBTQ+ identities and Latine heritage, leading to their family’s migration to the United States in search of a more accepting environment. The adversities faced by Sasha’s

Welcome Sasha Ritzie-Hernandez!

After almost 10 years with Somos Familia, Maritza will be stepping down as executive director at the end of 2023. Somos Familia isn’t going anywhere. We have been building our internal systems and working to be a place built for longevity and prosperity. We have been working to ensure we have: Exceptionally Talented Team – In addition to our two fantastic staff members, Alex and Monica, our board, interns, and volunteers are fully committed to continuing to impact Latine/x LGBTQ+ people and their families for years to come. Clear Strategic Direction – Somos Famlila’s trajectory is clear in terms of

We’re Hiring!

Join us for a conversation centering Latine Trans Masculine visibility, love, joy, and healing. March 30 at 5PM Pacific Time Register Here: https://bit.ly/ChicosPresentes Presented by – Somos Familia, Apoyo Fénix, Make the Road NY, Make the Road NV, Alpha Trans

Los Chicos Presentes: A talk centering transmasculine Latines

By Olive Grimes So you’re considering coming out. Maybe you’re sure of exactly how you identity, or maybe you still consider yourself to be questioning. Regardless, we’re proud of you! Reflecting on your sexual orientation and/or gender identity isn’t easy work, and though it may not feel like it, you’ve already come a long way.  Everyone’s experience coming out is different – some people find their family and/or friends are more open to the news than others. It can be especially difficult and scary to broach the topic when you aren’t sure how they’ll take it. We’ve prepared some effective

So You’ve Decided to Come Out

En Esos Tiempos is a podcast hosted by Somos Familia Board Member Pau Lagarde and his parents, Leo and 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 different types of love. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 21

Written by: Olive Grimes If you have a queer or gender-non-conforming person in your life, chances are you’ve encountered how queer people interact with language. Maybe your loved one asked you to refer to them with a certain set of pronouns. Perhaps you’ve also noticed more young people using words like “individuals” or “folks”  in place of “men and women,” or you’ve heard others argue over the grammatical accuracy of certain pronouns. It can be hard to change our language to support the queer people in our lives. We form habits around the words and phrases that we use, and

Why is gender-inclusive language important?

En Esos Tiempos is a podcast hosted by Somos Familia Board Member Pau Lagarde and his parents, Leo and 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 living passionately no matter your age. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 20

¿Y Ahora Que? is a Spanish-language interactive web experience that guides families through a series of videos, articles, and personal accounts about what it means to have a child who identifies with the LGBTQ+ community. Walking through this experience will remind you and your family that you are not alone in this journey. Many families, specifically parents, around the world grapple with the cultural conflicts and worries that come with the diverse topics of sexuality and gender. Wherever you are in your personal journey towards unconditional love and acceptance, this resource is here to help you keep moving forward. Let’s

Your child told they’re LGBTQ+. Now what?

“When I think about my daughter, I am filled with pride and admiration to see the marvelous woman she has become.” This month is Latinx Heritage Month and we would like to share this beautiful video by Veronica Goei. Thank you for supporting your child and our community. ❤

My Story: Verónica

En Esos Tiempos is a podcast hosted by Somos Familia Board Member Pau Lagarde 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 being a Latinx LGBTQ immigrant in the United States. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 19

En Esos Tiempos is a podcast hosted by Somos Familia Board Member Pau Lagarde 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 navigating gender affirming medical attention in uncertain times. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 18

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 mental health challenges in the LGBTQ+ community. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 17

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 mental health and the LGBTQ+ community. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 16

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 dos and don’ts of being an ally to the trans community.  We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 15

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 LGBTQ+ terms and how they’ve changed over time.  We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 14

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 telling your story.  We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 13

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 we shouldn’t assume someone’s pronouns or gender.  We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 12

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 what it means to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.  We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 11

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 celebrating yourself as you are.  We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 10

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 the history of Pride.  We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English available here.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 9

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 having stories and examples of happy queer and trans adults, especially for young LGBTQ+ people.  We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English available here.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 8

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 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 International Workers’ Day. We hope you enjoy this episode of En Esos Tiempos. Subscribe here. Transcript in English coming soon.

Podcast: En Esos Tiempos – Ep 6

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.

Somos Familia celebrates International Workers’ Day

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 5