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This Pride month, NLIRH is excited to present to you our brand new issue brief: LGBTQ Latin@s and Reproductive Justice, in English and in Spanish!

LGBTQ people have been a part of movements for reproductive health and justice for as long as these movements have existed, and we are proud to honor that work and highlight the issues that LGBTQ Latin@s face when it comes to reproductive health and justice.

Though some might say that reproductive health issues aren’t queer issues at all, we believe that this could not be further from the truth. The heavily gendered nature of reproductive health services, employment discrimination, and family recognition are all issues that affect LGBTQ people’s health and their access to quality care, and it’s time for reproductive health, rights and justice organizations to recognize and fight against these barriers. Immigration, too, places a set of barriers specific to LGBTQ communities, such as access to health care, safety in detention centers for transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and family reunification policies that do not recognize LGBTQ families.

At the same time, it is important to acknowledge the resilience of LGBT Latin@s and communities of color, who are resisting exclusionary systems and recognizing reproductive justice as a critical issue in their communities.

Our new issue brief highlights research and provides analysis on these and other issues affecting LGBTQ Latin@ communities – take a look!

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By Nicole Catá, Policy Intern

In a recent Newsweek article, J. Lester Feder argues that health-policy strategies geared toward Latino communities must take into account the cultural diversity of different Latino groups.  He explains:

With Latinos now accounting for more than 15 percent of the U.S. population, there is a great deal of emphasis on health outreach to the “Hispanic community.”  But the truth is, the diversity of the Hispanic population means that to be truly effective, outreach must target many different Hispanic subcommunities. Knowing that someone is “Latino” or “Hispanic” does not tell a health-care worker what language she speaks, what foods she eats, or where she was born.

The varied experiences of Latino communities inform the approaches of organizations that work directly in areas with large Latino populations.  For example, the Institute of Hispanic Health at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) operates in communities across the U.S. with the support of 300 affiliated groups and uses a method that instructs promotores de salud, or health promoters, within the communities they assist.  NCLR trains the promoters to produce interventions that will strike a chord with the specific demographic with which they’ll be interacting.

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NLIRH has released our White Paper on Supporting Healthy Pregnancies, Parenting and Young Latinas’ Sexual Health!

The paper seeks to re-focus the conversation on young Latina mothers into one that comes from a reproductive justice perspective; in which the focus is empowerment for young women to choose when and whether to become mothers, and have the resources and systems in place to be successful when they do.

Read the full report.

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