We hope your 2016 is off to a great start! Because of your support last year our coalition was able to make real structural change in Los Angeles for countless youth and young adults in our county. In addition to the structural change objectives accomplished we helped to advocate and support legislative change (AB329 California Healthy Youth Act), provided capacity building assistance to providers looking to increase their youth adult partnership skills, as well as connected with local and national stakeholders interested in reducing HIV in youth and young adults. It truly was a great year.
At our December retreat we got a chance to celebrate 10 amazing individuals who make up our C2PLA 2015 Key Actors and we practiced shared leadership and elected two amazing new co-chairs (Joaquin Gutierrez and Thomas Davis) who are set to lead us during this transition year.
Lastly we worked together to revise our vision and mission statements to better reflect the changing dynamic of our coalition.
Please take a moment to view our new vision and mission statements on our About Us page. . This new vision and mission was developed to act as a working tool to guide us as we seek alternative funding for the work of the coalition. As is standard practice we will revisit it annually to ensure it still aligns with our current work and values. Additionally it’s important to mention it was created with folks present during the retreat and a small subset of individuals including our new co-chairs who were tasked with incorporating several different viewpoints. We will discuss this briefly at our first working group meeting of the year Friday, February 26th.
Visionary Joaquin Gutierrez – Altamed
Strategist Sandra Rogers-Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Actor John Thompson- Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Facilitator Donnie Frazier- APLA Health & Wellness
Content Expert- Ruth Dawson ACLU Southern California
Sustainer- Miguel Martinez- Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Broker- Erin Hart Los Angeles County Division of HIV/STD Programs
Mobilizer- Andre Molette LA LGBT Center
Organizer/Manager- Edith Ramirez Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Spokesperson- Brandon Burciaga–LA LGBT Center
Greetings C2PLA Members and Supporters,
Please join us Friday, December 4, 2015 from 9am to 4pm for our 8th annual C2PLA Holiday Retreat. This year’s theme is “Sustaining Our Efforts and Ourselves.”
Your C2PLA Co-chairs and members of the Sustainability Subcommittee are planning an exciting day of fun, laughter, and team building as we work to develop our strategic plan for 2016.
We will also use this day to celebrate the successes of both the coalition and the individuals who contribute much of their time and effort to keep our work sustainable. A big highlight of the retreat is the presentation of our Key Actor Awards. These winners are chosen by YOU. Please don’t forget to vote. It takes less than two minutes of your time. You can vote by visiting www.tinyurl.com/keyactornominees as often as you like between now and November 27th. Please note, all votes are completely anonymous.
Additionally, if you are a newer member of the coalition, or are interested in inviting a potential new member, this would be a great opportunity for people to gain a better understanding of the inner workings of the coalition. It’s also a great place to network and share what your agency is doing as there are over 40 agencies represented within the coalition.
This also will be the last large gathering of coalition members until February 26, 2016.
Immediately following the retreat your co-chairs are hosting an optional post retreat “happy hour” at a location tbd.
You can RSVP for the retreat by visiting www.tinyurl.com/c2plaholidayretreat no later than Tuesday December 1st.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
The clothing drive for the October 24th Pop-up shop is officially open. Attached please find local drop off locations for your clothing. If you aren't able to visit one of the locations, you can also bring your clothing to the August working group meeting.
Please remember we are only looking for professional clothing suitable for males and females ages 16-25. Each young adult will be outfitted with one complete outfit suitable for a job interview and/or suitable for them to wear to their current place of employment. Please feel free to share this flyer far and wide.
If you have any additional questions about the pop-up shop please contact Homeless Subcommittee co-chairs Percival Pandy or Joaquin Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Today the US Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian couples in all 50 states have a constitutional right to marry, striking down laws banning gay marriage in over a dozen states. As President Obama tweeted, “Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins”
Presidential Proclamation-- LGBT Pride Month, 2015LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2015
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution. Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society. But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities -- that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us -- and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.
Across our Nation, tremendous progress has been won by determined individuals who stood up, spoke out, and shared their stories. Earlier this year, because of my landmark Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination, protections for Federal contractors went into effect, guarding against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Federal Government is now leading by example, ensuring that our employees and contractors are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love. And I will keep calling on the Congress to pass legislation so that all Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work.
In communities throughout the country, barriers that limit the potential of LGBT Americans have been torn down, but too many individuals continue to encounter discrimination and unfair treatment. My Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors because the overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that it can cause substantial harm. We understand the unique challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities -- especially transgender and gender non-conforming individuals -- and are taking steps to address them. And we recognize that families come in many shapes and sizes. Whether biological, foster, or adoptive, family acceptance is an important protective factor against suicide and harm for LGBTQ youth, and mental health experts have created resources to support family communication and involvement.
For countless young people, it is not enough to simply say it gets better; we must take action too. We continue to address bullying and harassment in our classrooms, ensuring every student has a nurturing environment in which to learn and grow. Across the Federal Government, we are working every day to unlock the opportunities all LGBT individuals deserve and the resources and care they need. Too many LGBTQ youth face homelessness and too many older individuals struggle to find welcoming and affordable housing; that is why my Administration is striving to ensure they have equal access to safe and supportive housing throughout life. We are updating our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better address the disproportionate burden HIV has on communities of gay and bisexual men and transgender women. We continue to extend family and spousal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. And because we know LGBT rights are human rights, we are championing protections and support for LGBT persons around the world.
All people deserve to live with dignity and respect, free from fear and violence, and protected against discrimination, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation, we honor those who have fought to perfect our Union, and we continue our work to build a society where every child grows up knowing that their country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
PrEP is a potent tool in the HIV prevention tool box and could dramatically reduce new infections, save the state billions in health care costs for care and treatment and spare many people lifetimes of significant health challenges.
The LA County PrEP Workgroup and Los Angeles County Division of HIV/STD Programs have been working on this for the past year. You can now access the document below to find PrEP locally in Los Angeles County.
Below please find our four priority areas for 2015:
1. Bring health education to South LA
2. Marketing the coalition to the community at large
3. Infusing HIV Education in non-traditional environments
4. Youth Involvement and Partnership