Friday, June 15, 2012

Latino LGBT community center opens in the neighborhood

This is pretty neat: the Blade reports on Casa Ruby, a new Latino LGBT community center. Located at 2282 Georgia Ave NW, the center "will offer assistance with immigration-related issues, HIV testing from Transgender Health Empowerment and other services in both Spanish and English."

It was founded by Ruby Corado, who moved from El Salvador in the 1980s, and who said it's funded entirely by private donations. Everyone is welcome, regardless of immigration status, country of origin, or gender identity or expression.

The Blade continues:
Statistics continue to show that Latinos and other underrepresented groups within the LGBT community remain particularly vulnerable to employment discrimination, health care disparities and hate crimes. 
A 2011 National Center for Transgender Equality and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force study found that unemployment rates among trans people of color are four times higher than the national average. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs noted late last month that 40 percent of the reported 30 anti-LGBT homicide victims in 2011 were LGBT people of color. 
Here's an interview with Corado, and their website:

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