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The National Hispanic Latino Agenda demonstrates their deep support for LGBTQ Latinos in their policy statements

On Monday a coalition of 40 Latino organizations operating as the National Hispanic Latino Agenda sent out a press release highlighting their policy priorities which include strong support for issues that impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Latinos. Although some of the member organizations, significantly the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), have demonstrated their vocal support of LGBTQ issues in the past, this announcement is important both because of the broad cross-section of support that each of these leading organizations represent but also because of the specificity and comprehensiveness of the policy initiatives they included.

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Deivis Ventura

A historic LGBT candidacy in the Dominican Republic

42-year-old Deivis Ventura is the first openly gay man running for a seat as a diputado, or representative in the Dominican Republic's equivalent of the House of Representatives. His candidacy comes with the support of the Ciudadanos Más, an initiative to position leaders from traditionally excluded minorities in the political field.

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GLAAD

Every happy family is different: recognition for diverse families in Latin America

Happy families all start with love, but that doesn't mean they look the same. For years children have been raised by grandparents, siblings, aunts/uncles, single moms, single dads, two moms, two dads, transgender parents, etc., but not all of these families are recognized at the hospital, in the schoolyard or the court house. In Latin America, a lot of LGBT advocates are finding creative ways to shine a light on diverse families.

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GLAAD

In Colombia, a win for LGBT families

The Colombia Constitutional Court granted a victory to children with gay and lesbian parents in the country by ruling that sexual orientation could not be considered as an in impediment to adoption. "It is an unacceptable violation of her/his rights to deny a child a family based solely on the sexual orientation of the couple," read the ruling in part.

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