Welcome to the Latino Pride Center!
On this momentous 26th day of June 2013 the Supreme Court of the United States of America struck down California’s Prop 8 and a portion of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed by Congress. Each of these decisions represents a major civil rights victory for same sex couples and all of humanity. Concerning Prop 8, the high court ruled it unconstitutional, again allowing same sex couples to marry in California. In striking down a key provision of DOMA, the Supreme Court paves the way for same sex couples legally married in any state of the Union to receive the same federal legal protections as do married heterosexual couples.
In solidarity with our gay brothers and sisters and their families, the Hispanic AIDS Forum celebrated this victorious occasion by launching the Latino Pride Center (LPC) as the first Latino organization in the USA fully devoted to gay causes. In so doing, the Hispanic AIDS Forum makes history yet again.
The Hispanic AIDS Forum was the first Latino organization in the nation established to fight the spread of HIV / AIDS in our communities. For nearly 30 years, HAF has been a pioneering force in this regard. By virtue of the nature of the epidemic in New York City, HAF has developed a constituency largely comprised of Latino gay / bisexual men. Establishing the Latino Pride Center is a natural progression in the evolution of the organization. The LPC will enable HAF to diversify services –beyond HIV support and prevention, in line with the needs of an ever-growing population of gay/bisexual Latino men in New York City.
The Latino Pride Center’s mission…
The mission of the LPC is to inspire, empower and support gay Latinos to build and pursue their lives to their full potential.
This mission will be pursued through the creation of health and human services programs that affirm individuality, sexual identity and diversity; build family and community life; advocate for equality and justice; and support the pursuit of happiness free of oppression and violence for all people
About the logo
The pyramid was chosen as the Latino Pride Center’s logo for its symbolism. The three triangles that make up the pyramid represent the individual, the family and the community, all critical elements of a strong society. The apex of the pyramid is the successful coming together of these three forces that are critically central to the mission of the Latino Pride Center and its services. The colors represent the rainbow, in itself a symbol of enlightenment and empowerment and of the struggle for justice by LGBT community.
LPC’s Future Plans
There are two short-term goals central to LPC’s mission and future:
- To fully transition and pursue strategic partnerships and opportunities with the goal of expanding services that respond to the needs of our lesbian sisters and transgender brethren.
- To centralize and relocate operations to locale / neighborhood that offers maximum access to Latinos. This goal is consistent with the LPC’s aims to participate actively in community life and dedicate our efforts and resources to changing the norms that adversely impact the individual, the family unit and the neighborhoods we live in. In doing so, we strive for full integration and acceptance in our communities as gay people and to participate fully in community life. We can only achieve this with our open presence and participation.