Jun 14, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Hispanic group announces $1 million in funding for LGBTQ+ organizations

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The Hispanic Federation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering Latino communities, pledged $1 million on Tuesday to LGBTQ+ groups through a new initiative called Advance Change Together.

Why it matters: More young people of Latino origins identify as LGBTQ+ than any other demographic at a time when conservatives are making a concerted push against gay and transgender rights.

Details: The Hispanic Federation will dedicate between $25,000 to $50,000 to each of the 20 organizations selected for the initiative. The organizations, which focus on the rights and welfare of Hispanic LGBTQ+ people, are "severely underfunded," according to Frankie Miranda, the first openly gay president of the Hispanic Federation.

  • The aim is to strengthen their agenda, tools and resources, as well as to foster a collective way to combat harmful legislation.
  • The initial investment will be for two years, with hopes of attracting more potential funders, Miranda said.

The initiative was announced in Orlando just days after the six-year mark of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the deadliest attack on LGBTQ+ communities in the U.S.

What they're saying: Miranda said a potential Supreme Court ruling overturning the right to an abortion “could open the door to targeting LGBTQ rights.”

Zoom out: Other organizations working for the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights have started expanding to better reach Latinos.

  • The Trevor Project, a group that runs suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs for youth in LGBTQ+ communities, recently announced it will start offering more services in Spanish and expand its hotline to Mexico City.

Go deeper: The overlooked history of Latinos in the LGBTQ struggle

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