A la Familia
Raise Your Voice
Lisbeth M. Melendez Rivera, Human Rights Campaign
Workshop Block 1: Saturday, October 21 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Salon C

 “A la Familia” brings together [email protected] family members of LGBT people and [email protected] LGBT people to develop relationships and movement building strategies around the intersection of race, faith, sexual orientation, and gender identity in our communities. As we encounter faith based bigotry, right wing attacks and targeting, “A la Familia” brings together members of faith communities to support and respond directly and powerfully to faith based bigotry. “A la Familia” serves to increase the active participation of current and potential Christian-based allies to increase their visibility. This is a step towards building a cadre of people building a community, a movement towards justice and equality. Join us for this interactive movement building session at the intersection of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith, and familia.

Presenter Bio

Lisbeth Meléndez Rivera is a 30+ year veteran of the LGBT and Labor movements. Lisbeth has extensive experience organizing and training at the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity and culture specifically as they relate to communities of color. Lisbeth has crisscrossed the country training workers and community leaders in organizing, leadership development and community building strategies from a grassroots perspective. She has also done extensive work supporting LGBT leaders in America Latina. Currently, Lisbeth, is the Religion and Faith Program’s Director of Latino and Catholic Initiatives at the HRC. Before joining the organization full-time, she worked closely with the program for two years as the National Coordinator for the A la Familia project, training and empowering Latino/as throughout the country around LGBT issues. She envisioned and directed Before God: We Are All Family, a powerful short documentary that she has shared with [email protected] communities across the country. As the Director of Latino and Catholic Initiatives, Lisbeth has deepened the already impressive reach of her work with Latino/a communities and has help the HRC develop and implement Catholic engagement work across the organization. A biologist and sociologist by education it’s her calling to social justice, and a solid Jesuit and SND formation, that makes her passions flare and her days move forward. Today Lisbeth lives in Hyattsville, MD alongside her wife, Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz and their chosen family, both human and furry!!               

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