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LGBT issues forum

By BIENESTAR
Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012

LGBT issues forum

By BIENESTAR
Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012
 LGBT issues forum

LGBTissues forum
Youth, family and faith
Topics: BULLYNG,SUICIDES, FAMIMY VIOLENCE AND RELIGIOUS CONFLICT
Saturday February 4, 2012
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A Celebration of National Coming Out Day

By BIENESTAR
Posted Tue Oct 11, 2011
A Celebration of National Coming Out Day

A Celebration of National Coming Out Day

 

 

 

Stories of hope, triumph, confusion, despair, and acceptance filled the offices of BIENESTAR's headquarters today. As part of a National Coming Out Day commemorative event BIENESTAR clients, staff, and volunteers shared their journeys with an audience about the experience of coming out to their families, friends, coworkers, and general public.

Proyecto Orgullo, BIENESTAR's LGBT Social Justice Project, encouraged its participants Read More

Congratulations Dr. Frank Galvan!

By BIENESTAR
Posted Fri Sep 9, 2011
Congratulations Dr. Frank Galvan!

BIENESTAR is proud to announce a great honor for one of its staff. Dr. Frank Galvan, Director of Research and Evaluation, has been named as Co-Chair for the AIDS Council of the Office of Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry (The Office). Leading the AIDS Council with Dr. Galvan will be Chaplain Manuel Torres. The Office was founded by Cardinal Mahony 25 years ago and serves tens of thousands of people per year with educational trainings, liturgical services and one on one spiritual care support. The goals of The Office parallel those of BIENESTAR closely as trainings are provided in Spanish and English, and it collaborates with the Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics and the Office of Peace and Justice to advocate for tolerance and the dignity of each person. BIENESTAR is proud to have one Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month

By BIENESTAR
Posted Thu Sep 1, 2011
Hispanic Heritage Month

As an organization dedicated to the Latino community, BIENESTAR is taking the time to stop and commemorate this important month. This month calls on us to get in touch with our identity and remember our roots, and we are proud to say that since its inception BIENESTAR has been working to preserve and progress the Latino identity. As a wellness organization, we provide these clients support and mental health services to lead happy and productive lives in their communities. 

BIENESTAR at CDC HIV Prevention Conference

By BIENESTAR
Posted Fri Aug 19, 2011
BIENESTAR at CDC HIV Prevention Conference

The Centers for Disease Control held its annual HIV Prevention Conference from August 14-17 in Atlanta, Georgia this year. BIENESTAR has attended this conference for the past 6 years, and this year Robert Contreras, Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Frank Galvan, Read More

HIV Rates on the Rise

By BIENESTAR
Posted Thu Aug 4, 2011
HIV Rates on the Rise

This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its estimates of HIV incidence in the United States for the years 2006-2009. New estimates identify Latino gay men as moving from the fourth to third most impacted population.  “These findings continue to substantiate what those of us who work in field already know… underserved communities continue to be those most impacted by HIV/AIDS.  In the wake of drastic funding cuts to HIV/AIDS programs, there is a dire urgency to secure and expand service provision to the Latino community” stated Oscar De La O, Executive Director to BIENESTAR.

 

These estimates, which are published in the online journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) that showed that while the overall Read More

'A safe zone' for Gay Latino Youth

By BIENESTAR
Posted Tue Jul 19, 2011
'A safe zone' for Gay Latino Youth

Alex Aldana was so desperate to talk to other young gay people that for three months he traveled nearly 100 miles from Palm Desert to Pomona to attend a weekly gay and lesbian youth group meeting.

He quickly bonded with other participants -- and he learned how to protect himself from HIV infection.

"People received me with open arms as family," Aldana said.

Aldana, 24, later became a facilitator for the youth group, called Sabores. On Thursday, he brought Sabores to Coachella, its first Riverside County location. Another Sabores meeting Read More

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