Panels & Workshops

It's time to change the face of homophobia and transphobia! 


New York City is home to a diverse and engaged community of Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ).  A recent report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NACVP) found that anti-LGBTQ hate crimes have been on the rise in New York City for the past five years. It is more important than ever for those who have experienced or are currently experiencing violence and harassment to find the support they need. Join the movement and spread the light of hope for a society free of homophobia and transphobia.


Wednesday May 11 / 10:00 AM

Embracing Change & Diversity  

Audience: Community


This panel discussion will examine ongoing barriers to LBGTQ acceptance and strategies to dismantle these barriers, with a goal of promoting cultural change within the Latino community which favor LGBTQ individuals. Strategies discussed include fostering positive relations with city agencies, law enforcement entities, and community based organizations; working in partnership with these entities to increase community support, and creating a plan of action that can be implemented in communities to raise awareness and acceptance.


Thursday, May 12 / 5:00 PM

Faith Institutions & LGBTQ Issues

Presented by Latino Commission on AIDS

Audience: Community


Experts will share the experiences and lessons learned during the creation and successful implementation of the Latino Religious Leadership Program. Be part of the conversation that has helped diverse communities of faith develop LGBTQ-sensitive health ministries that incorporate culturally responsive services.


Tuesday, May 17 / 10:00 AM

Bathroom Break - Theater Forum Play

Presented by Pregones/PRTT

Audience: Youth


BATHROOM BREAK is the latest Theater Forum play of Pregones/PRTT This interactive workshop will explore power dynamics and complexities within relationships. It will be followed by a discussion in which participants have the opportunity to express their feelings toward the scenes and situations presented in the play. The ultimate goal is to provide tools to reduce conflict among peers.


Thursday, May 18 / 5:00 PM

Transgender Issues on the Spot

Presented by Make the Road

Facilitated by Violence Intervention Program

Audience: Latino Transgender 


As the transgender community builds its mainstream presence, longstanding barriers remain that prevent the community from fully exercising their rights, including difficulties in accessing everyday services such as health care, housing and legal assistance. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with experts in order to clarify what is needed in order to overcome these barriers and build a more inclusive society.


Thursday, May 19 / 10:00 AM

Building a Culture of Understanding

Presented by Hispanic Federation

Audience: Youth


The need to create safe spaces for peers to share and explore ideas around LGBTQ recognition is a widely expressed sentiment. This workshop aims to develop a space by which LGBTQ individuals, allies, students, mentors and peers can “build a culture of understanding” through discussing attitudes and feelings about how to create the change needed to find common ground around fostering LBGTQ inclusivity.

Sunday, May 12

4:30 pm


Director: Ruth Caudeli │ 2018 │ Colombia

Feature narrative │ 90 minutes │  Spanish with English Subtitles

The professional ambition of two strong, independent women brings them together, but it is also what ultimately pulls them apart, as we witness their intense love metamorphosize amidst stages of infatuation, sensuality, love, comfort, and, finally, routine.

Starring: Silvia Varón, Alejandra Lara

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