Amigas Latinas

We are a nonprofit based in Chicago, bringing LGBTQ Latinas support, advocacy, and education fiercely and unapologetically since 1995. We'll bring you all the best events going on in the Chicago area--fierce and proud.

Amiguitas and You

Hey, you! Yes, you!

Support queer youth.

Whether you’re a youth yourself

and queer or not queer.

Or you’re one who tells stories

about being a queer youth

(or not queer).

Support us.

Queer Latinas.

Give us role models.

Queer or not.

Just let us have a glimpse

into the happier future.

Give us support

and second family

because we’re prone

to need that.

Come and encourage us

to stay in the moment

and work with what we have—

hang on tight

don’t let these moments slip by

they’re small flashes of light

burning bright in a larger sky.

You.

That’s all it takes.

You being here

no matter what your age

background or status of queer.

Just you.

Plus one in our lives.

Plus one more person

who knows me as who I want to be.

Plus one more reason

why it’s worth getting up each morning

and living la vida loca.

Hey, you!

You need us

as much as we need you

in this two way electric connection.

Past present or future

queer not queer or extra queer

you’re here.

And I needed that.

-V.B.

Amiguitas is our youth group, serving LGBTQ Latinas in Chicago from the ages of 13-21. We partner with the Center on Halsted to provide safe, fun, and empowering spaces for these young Latin@s. We have movie nights, sport nights, and group meetings on how to get by in school, work, and family. Anyone can join us for the night—youth or not, queer or not—so keep up with us! Reblog and repost.

Support queer youth.

Critical Resources US-Latina Women's Narrative

education4socialjustice:

Awesome list of articles and books on literature, politics, identity, language and location by Latina women. The inclusion of a multiplicity of voices and perspectives highlights the liberatory nature of transgressive education. It is necessary to work in coalition as we struggle for our own liberation. 

 If you’re looking for end of the summer/start of autumn reads, check out this list. Reading is cool.

(via fuckyeahlgbtqlatinxs-deactivate)

OPEN CALL: ANTHOLOGY OF TRANS AND GENDERQUEER POETRY

gndrfck:

What is the project: We are creating an anthology. An anthology of the best poems out there by trans and genderqueer writers and we would love to include your work in the book. Our assumption is that the writing of trans and genderqueer folks has something more than coincidence in common with the experimental, the radical, and the innovative in poetry and poetics (as we idiosyncratically define these categories), and with your help we’d like to manifest that something (or somethings) in a genderqueer multipoetics, a critical mass of trans fabulousness.

Please go to the link for more information!

Deadline: November 30

 thanks for the head’s up.

this could be a way to flex that creative muscle.

let your voice be heard.

(via theartoftransliness)

Celebration of Life: Chicago Memorial for Christina Santiago [Official Announcement]

Contact

Amigas Latinas:
Rosa Yadira Ortiz
 

president@amigaslatinas.org 

Sheena Quinn, Public Communications Inc.

squinn@pcipr.com

Celebration of Life Planned to Honor Activist and

Community Organizer Christina Santiago

 

Chicago, IL (August 26, 2011)- On September 10th at 1pm, friends and loved ones will gather to remember and celebrate the life of Christina Santiago. Santiago was killed in the Indianapolis State Fair stage collapse on August 13th, and is survived by her wife, Alisha Marie Brennon, who was injured in the collapse. The celebration in memory of Christina Santiago’s life will be held at the Chicago History Museum, and is open to the public.

Santiago, a self-identified ‘Nuyorican’ lesbian feminist, was committed to empowering queer women of color and advocating for access to healthcare in the LGBTQ community. She was a board member and programming chair for Amigas Latinas, and worked full-time as the manager of programming for the Lesbian Community Care Project (LCCP) at Howard Brown Health Centers.  Amigas Latinas, LCCP, and Howard Brown have worked closely with Brennon to plan this event.

What:              Celebration of the Life of Christina Santiago

When:            September 10, 2011; Program will begin at 1:00pm

                        ASL services will be provided. 

Where:            Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL

The Chicago History Museum parking lot is located at the corner of Stockton and LaSalle. CHM is also accessible by the #22 Clark bus and by the Sedgwick Brown and Purple lines. 

Event is open to the public.  However, no audio or video recording will be allowed during the program. 

For more information, contact Sheena Quinn at Public Communications Inc. (squinn@pcipr.com/312-558-1770)

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to several funds created in Santiago’s honor:

The Brennon & Santiago Assistance Fund will go directly to support expenses incurred by the couple, and provides much needed immediate assistance. (http://www.brennonsantiago.com/donations.html)

Amigas Latinas has established a memorial fund for Christina to honor and celebrate Christina’s fierce advocacy and activism (www.amigaslatinas.org)

Howard Brown and LCCP are collecting donations for two funds. The first provides assistance to Santiago’s relatives. The second supports the work of the Lesbian Community Care Project. (http://www.howardbrown.org/default.asp?id=1900)

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Amigas Latinas empowers Latina lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning women by providing a safe environment, personal growth, support, education, and advocacy to impact family, friends, and the larger communities we live in.

PO Box 08090, Chicago, IL 60618
www.amigaslatinas.org

Howard Brown Health Center is one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) healthcare organizations. The agency serves more than 36,000 adults and youth each year.  Its diverse health and social service delivery system focuses around the following programmatic divisions: primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, case management, social services, youth servicesolder adult services, and community initiatives. 

4025 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60614
773.388.1600
  |  www.howardbrown.org





Celebration of Life for Christina Santiago

These are the things I know about Christina: fierce, fabulous, queer, trans ally from the Bronx. And she was generous. And open to anything new—not afraid to push the boundaries of the here and now. And when she spotted you in a room she made you feel like you were the only one there.

And I only knew her for four months, on a professional level. All of these things I could tell from her in these small moments with her. When I said I liked to drink Jack and coke, she clapped and said a “Hell yeah!” When I couldn’t afford tickets to a Howard Brown event, she found free tickets for me. When I was promoting the gala, she was right there with me, promoting the hell out of it on facebook and to anyone who’d listen.

What we need to remember are moments like these, because Christina lived life to the fullest. I trust her that she did. She made more out of life in her 29 years than most people do in twice that.

Please go read Christina’s best friend’s amazing article about Christina. It’s Gabby’s love letter to Christina and it’s the most perfect piece written about Christina. Here’s the link: http://www.sdgln.com/social/2011/08/26/christina-santiago-love-letter-must-read-tribute.

I’d also like to announce the official date and time of the Chicago memorial for Christina. We are coming together to celebrate her, everything she did, and the causes we must continue to advocate for.

For the most current updates on Christina’s partner Alisha, check www.brennonsantiago.com. That is also the central page for all donations and news, and it gets updated almost every day.

Also, please remember that we are here for you during this difficult time. Reach out to us if you need anything and we will try our best.

We are so incredibly thankful and humbled by the tremendous support people from all around the world have shown us and continue to display. We read every comment, wish, e-mail, and letter. Thank you for being our amigas.

Join us:

Celebration of Life for Christina Santiago
Saturday, September 10th at 1pm
Chicago History Museum

Fierce and proud. No boundaries. No limitations.

Amigas Latinas

We know that this year’s Trans Day of Remembrance will be especially difficult, but let’s remember that each year we’re here—fierce and proud—is another year of resilience from a community many have tried to oppress and shut down.

xyalice:

Keep Hope and Carry On.
[Image: Trans* flag with white wording on it. A crown is featured at the  top with the trans* symbol protruding from it. Text: “Keep hope and  carry on”]

We know that this year’s Trans Day of Remembrance will be especially difficult, but let’s remember that each year we’re here—fierce and proud—is another year of resilience from a community many have tried to oppress and shut down.

xyalice:

Keep Hope and Carry On.

[Image: Trans* flag with white wording on it. A crown is featured at the top with the trans* symbol protruding from it. Text: “Keep hope and carry on”]

(Source: reddit.com, via iamwhoiamandidontgiveadamn-deac)

Amigas Latinas Remembers Christina Santiago

Amigas Latinas Remembers Christina Santiago

Chicago, IL (August 15, 2011)- It is with the heaviest of hearts that Amigas Latinas reports that the LGBTQ community lost one of our fiercest and brightest warriors, Christina Santiago. Santiago, who has served on the Amigas Latinas board for the last three years, died tragically with four others when a concert stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis this past weekend.

Santiago, a self-identified ‘Nuyorican’ lesbian feminist, was committed to empowering queer women of color and advocating for access to healthcare in the LGBTQ community. In addition to serving on the board, Santiago worked full-time as the manager of programming for the Lesbian Community Care Project (LCCP) and Howard Brown Health Center. She was instrumental in developing a partnership between the two organizations as part of her commitment to ensuring that LGBTQ Latinas have comprehensive health services and education.

As Programming Chair for Amigas Latinas, Santiago coordinated countless educational events and fundraisers for Amigas Latinas, including our Health and Wellness series and our community platicas. She was a charming, efficient and energetic motivator who mentored volunteers and staff alike.

Above all, Amigas Latinas remembers Christina Santiago not just for her tireless work as an advocate for our community, but as our friend. We will miss her deeply, and are sending our best wishes to her fiancée and partner Alisha Brennan, who was injured in the same tragedy and remains in critical condition.

Click here to make a donation. Donations in Christina Santiago’s name can be made here through the “Just Give” button on the left. Please designate your donation in the name of Christina Santiago. A memorial fund for Christina will be set up to honor and celebrate Christina’s fierce advocacy and activism. As details emerge about how to make a donation towards the cost of services and medical bills, we will share this information with the Amigas Latinas community.

In the meantime we encourage all members of our community to gather and support each other as we cope with this unbelievable loss.

To donate and assist with Christina’s funeral services, Alisha’s medical costs, or to further Christina’s activist work, please visit the following links:

www.amigaslatinas.org

www.howardbrown.org

www.brennonsantiago.com

Amigas in Action: Spotlight on Alma

Warmest congratulations and a hearty “heck yeah!” to our very own, fabulous Alma Izquierdo! There’s no one better for this spotlight & we are grateful to have her on the Amigas team—fierce and proud! Amigas in Action, all around Chicago!

The L Stop has started a Community Spotlight and they chose our very own Alma! Alma is a fabulous Amigas board member and all around LGBTQ activist. We couldn’t be more proud of Alma, and more appreciative of her hard work & dedication. This Amiga is FIERCE!

Photo That Says: Peace, Love, No Violence, No Homophobia, No Sexism, No Racism on a set of stairs.
Thank you for re/posting and credit to the wonderful artist!

Photo That Says: Peace, Love, No Violence, No Homophobia, No Sexism, No Racism on a set of stairs.

Thank you for re/posting and credit to the wonderful artist!

(Source: ill-expression, via theartoftransliness)