More than 100 people turned out Saturday for what organizers called a one-of-a-kind forum aimed at creating safe places for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth within communities of color at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights.
Hosted by the Latino Equality Alliance in collaboration with The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative in Boyle Heights, the event included speakers, a resource fair, entertainment and workshops for service providers, families and individuals.
Forum speakers engaged attendees in deep dialogue about issues affecting LGBTQ youth, who often lack resources and safe spaces within their communities.
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Watch the photo slideshow above by 15-year-old Brenda Cruz, member of Las Fotos Project, a youth photo mentorship program that has helped students document the positive contributions being made by the Boyle Heights LGBTQ community.