LA County Hate Crimes Annual Report Reveals Increase in Hate Violence in Los Angeles
Members of the LGBTQ+ Community are among the most Impacted Groups
November 29, 2023
LOS ANGELES (November 29, 2023) — An annual report has been released today by the Los Angeles Commission on Human Relations revealing that hate crimes have risen by 18% since last year, prompting increased concern for the safety of our Bienestar community.
The report reveals that from January to December of 2022, there has been an overall increase of hate violence in Los Angeles. Racial, sexual orientation and religious hate crimes all grew sharply. But racism was by far the most common motivation, constituting 57% of all hate crimes followed by crimes motivated by sexual orientation.
Access to HIV Testing Improved for Los Angeles LGBT+ Latinx Communities with Community Investment from Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan
Bienestar Expands Testing Capacity to Its Six Centers
July 3, 2023
Bienestar Human Services to commemorate World AIDS Day on the 40th year of the AIDS epidemic
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29th, 2021
November 29, 2021
The premier Latinx and LGBTQ + health & wellness organization presents a commemorative event, UNIDOS, to raise awareness and address the stigma of the AIDS epidemic.
Call to Action Webinar: Roaring STD Rates in LA’s Communities of Colors
July 28, 2021
On July 26th, 2021, Bienestar hosted a Call to Action webinar on LA County’s soaring STD cases in communities of color. This urgent topic is something we hope to continue to spotlight with community leaders and members and raise awareness until health equity is met.
Bienestar Human Services to host a Call to Action Forum on Soaring STI Cases in L.A.’s Communities of Color
July 21, 2021
LOS ANGELES (July 26, 2021) According to a 2019 Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) report published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the United States has reached a new all-time high in infection rates for the 6th consecutive year; a reality that runs almost parallel in Los Angeles County according to local experts.
In reaction to the recent STI reports, Bienestar Human Services will host a Call to Action Online Forum for policymakers and community members to spotlight communities of color in Los Angeles County who are disproportionately affected by the STI epidemic. A Call to Action: Soaring STD Cases in L.A.’s Communities of Color will take place on Monday, July 26th at 2pm PDT on Zoom.
Statement: The HIV Epidemic Turns 40
June 6, 2021
Bienestar Human Services welcomes the 40th anniversary of the HIV epidemic with both adoration and devotion to the many friends and loved ones we’ve lost to the virus but also with praise for the copious battles won in the past four decades.
Bienestar was founded over 30 years ago as a direct response to the lack of resources available to Latinx and LGBTQ+ people during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Southern California; a mission that is still relevant today, as our community continues to be disproportionately affected and still in need of health equity and social justice.
Bienestar Human Services to host a city-wide HIV testing initiative in honor of National Transgender HIV Testing Day
April 19, 2021
LOS ANGELES (April 19, 2021) In observance of National Transgender HIV Testing Day, Bienestar Human Services, a unique non-profit social service organization dedicated to health, equality and justice for the Latinx, LGBTQ+ and other underserved communities, is hosting a city-wide HIV testing initiative to address the health disparities endured by the transgender community.
“The rate of HIV infection for transgender women is on the rise and it’s important that we show up, continue to get tested, and know our status,” says Brenda Del Rio Gonzalez, Program Manager of Transgéneros Unidas at Bienestar. “When our community knows their status, they can make the right decisions to protect and improve their health.”
Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
June 6, 2018
Monday, June 4th, 2018—Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission—the case where a local cake shop owner denied service to a gay couple for their wedding cake due to his religious beliefs. The ruling, voted 7-2 in favor of the cake shop owner, is very limited in its scope—the protections that the Supreme Court granted to the anti-LGBTQ cake shop owner are unique to this single case. It does not grant businesses the ability to discriminate against our LGBTQ brothers and sisters—rather, the Supreme Court reiterated the importance of current non-discrimination legislation in place to protect LGBTQ people.
Bienestar Responds to Federal Government Plan to Narrow Definition of Gender
October 18, 2018
The premier Latino LGBTQ nonprofit serving the transgender community for over 25 years responds to the federal government’s plan to “erase” recognition of transgender individuals.
[LOS ANGELES, CA]—Bienestar Human Services sharply condemns the federal government’s plan to redefine gender as an unchanging biological trait that is determined by genitalia at birth, according to a recent New York Times report.