HAF – LPC and Queens Pride House have entered into a strategic alliance

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Dear HAF – LPC friends:

We’re happy to share some exciting news with you. The Hispanic AIDS Forum – Latino Pride Center (HAF – LPC) and Queens Pride House (QPH) have entered into a strategic alliance, the aim of which is to expand resources for the LGBT community in Queens. As part of our new partnership, HAF-LPC will provide management, resources and strategic planning to QPH and will expand programs and services offered by QPH, with HAF’s executive director, Heriberto Sánchez Soto, serving as executive director of both HAF-LPC and QPH. Queens Pride House will remain a separate not-for-profit organization with the same mission of serving as the LGBT community of Queens. Pauline Park and Charles J. Ober, who were both co-founding members of the original QPH board that established the organization in 1997, will both join the board of directors that will oversee the two organizations.

As you may already know, Queens Pride House is the only LGBT community center in the Borough of Queens and provides free mental health counseling to members of the community as well as offering transgender and youth support groups as well as support groups for men and for LGBT people 50 and older. QPH also provides referrals to LGBT-supportive health care and social service providers and other professionals and has assisted clients in getting political asylum. QPH has also sponsored public policy forums on a range of issues, from LGBT rights to policing to human trafficking.

The Hispanic AIDS Forum has been the organizational leader in New York City’s Latino gay community and is the oldest Latino-run HIV/AIDS services organization in New York City. In June 2013, HAF launched the Latino Pride Center – a services division of HAF that is fully devoted to advancing a mission to inspire, empower and support gay Latinos to build and pursue their lives to their full potential. This mission is being pursued through the creation of comprehensive behavioral health and human services programs that affirm individuality, sexual identity and diversity; build family and community life; advocate for equality and justice; and support the pursuit of happiness free of oppression and violence for all people. “Our partnership with QPH represents an unprecedented opportunity for HAF-LPC to expand its services to Queens County. It also makes it possible to combine the existing resources of both organizations to expand services already offered by QPH, said Heriberto Sanchez Soto, HAF’s Executive Director.

“I am elated and humbled to have been entrusted to lead this endeavor; and am eager to get work with QPH to strengthen both organizations and their value to the LGBTQ community of Queens, NYC with programs and services that continue to legitimize, honor and affirm sexuality, diversity, LGBTQ rights and equality in our society, and allow to us to support healthier and stronger families and communities, and the individuals that make up these worthy institutions”, declared Heriberto Sanchez Soto.

Please come visit us at QPH or stay tuned to learn more as we make progress towards expanding services at QPH. Please visit us at www.queendpridehouse.org and / or www.latinopridecenter.org.

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Queens Pride House/Hispanic AIDS Forum strategic alliance

Queens Pride House & Hispanic AIDS Forum announce strategic alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
23 July 2015

For more information, contact:

Pauline Park
President of the Board of Directors
& Acting Executive Director
Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Ave, Suite 206
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 429-5309
(718) 424-4003
PPark@queenspridehouse.org
http://www.queenspridehouse.org 

Heriberto Sánchez Soto, MSW
Executive Director
Hispanic AIDS Forum
1767 Park Ave., 5th floor
New York, NY 10035-1929
(212) 563-4500, ext. 2012
http://www.hafnyc.org
http://www.latinopridecenter.org

Queens Pride House (QPH) and the Hispanic AIDS Forum (HAF) have entered into a strategic alliance, the two organizations announced today. The aim of the partnership is to expand resources for the LGBT community of Queens.

“Queens Pride House will remain a separate not-for-profit organization with the same mission of serving as the LGBT community of Queens,” said Pauline Park, president of the board of directors and acting executive director of Queens Pride House. According to the terms of the agreement, HAF will provide management, resources and strategic planning to QPH and will expand programs and services offered by QPH, Park added, noting that HAF’s executive director, Heriberto Sánchez Soto, will serve as executive director of both QPH and HAF.

“Hispanic AIDS Forum’s focus has shifted from a medical model of HIV/AIDS prevention and education to a more holistic community center approach to health promotion, so the partnership represents an unprecedented opportunity for HAF to partner with an existing Queens-based community center,” said Heriberto Sánchez Soto, noting that HAF had already operates two other community centers with similar aims — one in the Bronx and one in Harlem.

Pauline Park and Charles J. Ober are co-founding members of the original QPH board that established the organization in 1997 and both will join the board of directors that will oversee the two organizations. “The board of Queens Pride House unanimously approved the agreement and we’re very excited about the prospect of partnership with HAF,” said Ober, who is currently board treasurer and chief financial officer of Queens Pride House, adding, “We would like to thank all of those who helped make this strategic alliance possible by donating their professional services to help facilitate this agreement,” citing Community Resource Exchange (Jean Lobell), Lawyers Alliance of New York (Elizabeth Perez) and Hogan Lovells US LLP (Scott Grossman, Erin Howell, and Michael Gilligan) as those who assisted in the process.

Queens Pride House is the only LGBT community center in the borough of Queens and provides free mental health counseling to members of the community as well as offering transgender and youth support groups as well as support groups for men and for LGBT people 50 and older. QPH also provides referrals to LGBT-supportive health care and social service providers and other professionals and has assisted clients in getting political asylum. QPH has also sponsored public policy forums on a range of issues, from LGBT rights to policing to human trafficking.

Similarly, HAF has been the organizational leader in New York City’s Latino gay community and is the oldest Latino-run HIV/AIDS services organization in New York City (NYC). HAF was founded in 1985 in response to the escalating incidence of AIDS in the Latino community and incorporated in 1987 with a mission to reduce HIV transmission and secure timely and quality support services for Latinos affected by HIV/AIDS. In recent years, HAF has strategically shifted the paradigm from which our HIV/AIDS programs and services operate by providing more comprehensive health and human services within a greater sexual health and sex positive agenda.

To this end, in June 2013, HAF launched theLatino Pride Center (LPC) as the first organized effort in the USA with a mission to inspire, empower and support gay Latinos to build and pursue their lives to their full potential. While the missions of QPH and LPC may be worded differently, both organizations pursue these missions through the creation of comprehensive behavioral health and human services programs that affirm individuality, sexual identity and diversity; build family and community life; advocate for equality and justice; and support the pursuit of happiness free of oppression and violence for all people.
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HAF Is Moving!

HAF’s office will be closed until 12 Noon, Monday, January 6th, 2014. Starting today (December 26, 2013) we will be relocating our offices to 1767 Park Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10035. Our telephone (212-563-4500) and fax (212-868-6237) numbers remain unchanged.

We wish you a very Happy New Year!

Las oficinas de HAF estarán cerradas hasta las 12PM del lunes, 6 de enero de 2014. Empezando hoy (26 de diciembre de 2013) comenzaremos a mudarnos a nuestra nueva cede en el 1767 Park Avenue, 5to Piso, New York, NY 10035. Nuestros números de teléfono (212-563-4500) y de fax (212-868-6237) aun son validos.

Les deseamos un Feliz Año Nuevo!

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The Latino Gay Pride Center announces several job openings!

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The Latino Pride Center (LPC), New York City,  was established in June 2013 as the first Latino organization in the USA fully devoted to providing health and human services to the gay community. We are seeking fresh talent and highly motivated career-oriented professionals who possess the competencies to actively participate in the conceptualization, design, and implementation of new programs and expansion services that support our vision of a “healthy” community of Latino gay and bisexual men and other Latinos affected by HIV and related conditions.

As of January 1, 2014, the Latino Pride Center opened its doors at its new location in Spanish Harlem, New York.  With this move we are seeking individuals to join our team in charting a new course as we re-invent our programming and services. If you are ready to lead as well as to follow with a genuine interest in making a difference, do not hesitate to apply.   LPC wants you, our gay community needs your talent! The LPC is a division of HAF.

Visit the jobs section for details

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THE HISPANIC AIDS FORUM CELEBRATES THE US SUPREME COURT’S GAY RIGHTS DECISIONS BY LAUNCHING “LATINO PRIDE CENTER”

For immediate release

Contact:         Heriberto Sanchez Soto, Executive Director
Company:     Hispanic AIDS Forum, Inc
Tel:                 212-563-4500 Ext 306
Fax:                 212-868-6237
Email:            hsanchezsoto@hafnyc.org
Website:        www.latinopridecenter.org

THE HISPANIC AIDS FORUM CELEBRATES THE US SUPREME COURT’S GAY RIGHTS DECISIONS BY LAUNCHING “LATINO PRIDE CENTER”

New York, NY, June 26, 2103 – On this momentous day the Supreme Court of the United States of America struck down California’s Prop 8 and a portion of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed by Congress.  Each of these decisions represent major civil rights victories for same sex couples and all of humanity. Concerning Prop 8, the high court ruled it unconstitutional, again allowing same sex couples to marry in California.   In striking down a key provision of DOMA, the Supreme Court paves the way for same sex couples legally married in any state of the Union to receive the same federal legal protections as do married heterosexual couples.

The Hispanic AIDS Forum applauds each decision with the same fervor expressed in the streets of our free Nation by our gay brothers and sisters.  We rejoice in their victory as a victory for all just-people, and we remain fully committed to continue to support the struggle for equality and justice for all.

In solidarity with our gay brothers and sisters and their families, the Hispanic AIDS Forum celebrated the victorious occasion by launching the Latino Pride Center (LPC).   The mission of the LPC is to inspire, empower and support gay Latinos to build and pursue their lives to their full potential.  This mission will be pursued through the creation of health and human services programs that affirm individuality, sexual identity and diversity; build family and community life; advocate for equality and justice; and support the pursuit of happiness free of oppression and violence for all people.

In launching the Latino Pride Center, the first Latino organization in the USA fully devoted to gay causes, the Hispanic AIDS Forum makes history yet again, said Heriberto Sanchez Soto, HAF’s Executive Director.

For more information, please call (212) 563-4500.

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Contacto:       Heriberto Sánchez Soto, Director Ejecutivo
Entidad:         Foro Hispano Sobre el SIDA
Tel:                 212-563-4500 Ext 306
Fax:                 212-868-6237
Correoe:        hsanchezsoto@hafnyc.org
Pagina Web: www.latinopridecenter.org

EL FORO HISPANO SOBRE EL SIDA CELEBRA DECISION PRO DERECHOS CIVILES DE LOS GAYS POR LA CORTE SUPREMA DE LOS EEUU CON EL LANZAMIENTO DEL CENTRO DE ORGULLO GAY LATINO

Ciudad Nueva York, NY, 26 de junio del 2013 — En este día trascendental el Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos de América anuló la Proposición 8 del Estado de California y una parte de la Ley de Defensa del Matrimonio (DOMA, por sus siglas en ingles), la cual fue aprobada por el Congreso en 1996. Estas decisiones representan grandes victorias en la lucha por la igualdad de los derechos civiles de las parejas del mismo sexo y de toda la humanidad. Respecto a la Proposición 8, la Corte Suprema declaró  la ley inconstitucional; por lo tanto, resumiendo el derecho al matrimonio por parejas del mismo sexo en California. De la misma manera el Tribunal Supremo anuló parte de la ley DOMA, aclarando el paso para que las parejas del mismo sexo casadas legalmente en el territorio de cualquier estado de la Unión puedan recibir las mismas protecciones federales que reciben las parejas heterosexuales.

El Foro celebra cada decisión con el mismo fervor expresado por nuestros hermanos y hermanas gays en las calles de nuestra Nación. Nos alegramos por su victoria como un triunfo para todo ser humano, y seguiremos comprometidos apoyando la lucha por la igualdad y la justicia para todos.

Como testimonio de nuestra solidaridad con nuestros hermanos y hermanas gays y sus familias, El Foro se apodera de la victoriosa ocasión para lanzar el Centro de Orgullo Gay Latino (LPC, por sus siglas en ingles).  La misión del LPC es inspirar, capacitar y apoyar a los latinos gay en su afán de vivir sus vidas en todo su potencial. Esta misión se llevará a cabo a través de la creación de programas de salud y servicios sociales dedicados a proteger la individualidad, identidad sexual y diversidad; apoyar la unión familiar y la comunidad; defender la igualdad y la justicia; y apoyar el derecho a la felicidad libre de opresión y violencia para todas las personas.

En establecer el Centro de Orgullo Gay Latino como la primera organización latina en los EEUU totalmente dedicada a apoyar los gays, el Foro Hispano hace historia una vez más, exhortó Heriberto Sánchez Soto, Director Ejecutivo.

Para más información, por favor llame al (212)- 563-4500.

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HAF Commemorates Coming-Out of Lesbians and Gays!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For the ninth consecutive year HAF will convene hundreds of lesbians, gays and transgendered Latino/as at Hostos Community College under the banner It’s time to come out …for love!

September 18, 2012, Bronx, NY – Continuing with its tradition of pioneering services to the Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community of New York City, the Hispanic AIDS Forum proudly announces the ninth annual coming out event, “It’s Time! . . . ¡Es El Momento!” in commemoration of National Coming Out Month.

“It’s Time! . . . ¡Es El Momento! is as much a celebration of diversity as it is an affirmation of our gender, our sexual orientation and our humanity. For the past nine years we have come together as one community united in our demand for equal rights and our quest for a more just society, where violence, hatred and discrimination are not tolerated”; said Heriberto Sánchez Soto, HAF’s Executive Director.

“It’s Time! . . . ¡Es El Momento!” will take place on Friday, October 12, 2012, from 7P-9P, at Hostos Community College, Main Theater, 450 Grand Concourse (Corner 149th Street), Bronx, NY1045. The event is packed with song, dance and comedy, including performances by Indira Rubiera, Alex Melendez, OutSalsa, House of Mugler, CoCo Productions, the Polynesian Dance Group, Vivika, and much more.

Mr. Pedro Julio Serrano, human rights activist and President of Puerto Rico Para Tod@s, a non-profit organization that strives for inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and for social justice for all in Puerto Rico, will deliver the keynote address, providing a grounding view of the LGBT rights and encouraging the LGBT community to take a stand for their rights on this election year.

This year’s expected audience of 900 members of the LGBT community, their families and other allies will unite under one motto—it’s time to come out for love– regardless of sexual orientation and gender expression. Please call to reserve your seats. “It’s Time” is a free-of-charge event.

Contact: Mr. Nelson Torres
HAF-Bronx Site Director
Tel: 718-328-4188
Email: ntorres@hafnyc.org
URL: www.hafnyc.org

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Locations

Following are the locations for HAF.

MANHATTAN OFFICE
1767 Park Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10035
Tel. : (212) 868-6230 Fax: (212) 868-6237

BRONX OFFICE
975 Kelly Street, Suite 402
Bronx, NY 10459
Tel. : (718) 328-4188 Fax: (718) 328-2888