As a pastor, I have two duties. The first is to the child, to assure him or her that she or he is loved and accepted as a child of God and that she or he is safe.
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Entrenched homophobia in society that takes the form of dangerous ex-gay teachings led me and many others down a treacherous path, filled with self-doubt, self-pity and self-hatred.
Joined by supporters at the State Capitol today, Equality New Mexico, Legislators, clergy members, mental health professionals and survivors of conversion therapy spoke about the important work that still needs to be done to ensure equality, safety and mental health for the LGBTQ community and for all New Mexicans.
In response to the Presidential election and concerns from married same-gender couples about their marriages being invalidated, the National Center for Lesbian Rights provided this statement...
Equality New Mexico (EQNM), the state’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, has announced plans for southern New Mexico program expansion and utilizing remote co-working spaces across the state to increase budget efficiency and work within communities.
The death penalty is a costly and unjust system, and its enforcement has not proven to deter crime or lower homicide rates. New Mexicans know this, and successfully advocated for the state legislature to repeal the death penalty in 2009.
Let's stop the shaming and brainwashing of our young people. Let's honor and love our future generations for exactly who they are and want to be. I am committed to ending the abuse and trauma that is conversion therapy, and I hope you will join me.
As soon as I learned what happened in Orlando, I promptly began drafting emails and statements, designing social media graphics, and coordinating vigils and other demonstrations of support across the state and country.
I am angry that queer and trans people of color continue to be commodified and used as collateral to push a single issue policy. I am angry, and as a Queer, gender nonconforming Latinx, I am allowed to be angry.