October 11, 2018 at 3:44 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
New LGBT Hispanic group coming to NoVa
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LULAC Lambda of Northern Virginia launch meeting is planned for Oct. 15.

LULAC Lambda, the D.C.-based LGBT organization affiliated with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), is inviting members of the LGBT Hispanic community to a meeting to help launch a new LGBT LULAC affiliated council in Northern Virginia.

The meeting is scheduled to take place Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar, located at 555 S. 23rd Street in Arlington, Va.

LULAC is the nation’s oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization. It consists of community-based councils in cities, colleges and high schools throughout the United States, according to a statement released by LULAC Lambda.

“The queer Hispanic organization based in D.C. hopes to launch a sister council across the Potomac in hopes to cultivate new leaders in the area’s LGBTQ Latinx community and to enlist them in its national Hispanic civil rights organization,” the LULAC Lambda statement says.

“For the past decade, LULAC has provided a safe space for LGBTQ activists to join its Latino family in the fight for social justice,” said Jesse Garcia, president of D.C.’s LULAC Lambda council and cofounder of LULAC’s first LGBTQ council established in Dallas.

“Our civil rights organization needs a new generation of activists and more representation in Virginia,” said Garcia, who told the Washington Blade that the new LGBT LULAC council in Northern Virginia would be the first of its kind anywhere in Virginia.

More information about the Oct. 15 meeting can be obtained by contacting jessegarcia@lulac.org.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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