The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Congressional Staff Association (CSA) shared that tomorrow its Vice President, Yesenia Chavez, will receive the Latino GLBT History Project’s Mujeres en el Movimiento Avocacy Award for her work to empower and increase the visibility of LGBT Latinas and Latinos in Washington, D.C.
“We’re so proud of Yesenia for this well-deserved recognition,” said Todd Sloves, President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association. “In her time serving on the board of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association, Yesenia has worked hard to expand our organization’s diversity and has served as a mentor to numerous junior LGBT staff of color. She is a trailblazer for LGBT Latinas at the heart of our government. On behalf of our members, we congratulate Yesenia and thank her for her service to our organization and to the Hispanic LGBT community.”
“I’m grateful to the Latino GLBT History Project for selecting me as a recipient of this distinguished honor,” said Yesenia Chavez, Vice President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association. “As Vice President of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association and organizer of Latinas in the House, I have strived to build a pipeline for queer and women staffers on the Hill. While the work is never done, I am honored to work on behalf of my community, to push for space for LGBT people and Latinas on the Hill, and to foster a sense of community amongst ourselves that enables us to create policies that reflect our needs.”
Yesenia has taken a leading role in organizing events for the LGBT Congressional Staff Association that focus on creating a safe space for women and queer people of color, including an annual “Galentine’s Day” Breakfast, regular Queer People of Color (QPOC) and women’s events, and various guest speaker events. Most recently she helped to organize a special QPOC Happy Hour that brought together more than 50 House, Senate, and D.C. advocates in an informal, community setting.
The Latino GLBT History Project (LHP) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit volunteer-led organization whose mission is to investigate, collect, preserve and educate the public about the history, culture, heritage, arts, social and rich contributions of the Latino GLBT community in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Mujeres en el Movimiento is an annual event coordinated by LHP's Women's committee as an effort to recognize and celebrate Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Latina activists who have made significant contributions to empower and increase the visibility of LGBT Latinas and Latinos in metropolitan Washington, D.C.
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