"I knew my mother was struggling to understand me. We went to a Somos Familia event and she found community. I was lucky that my mom had this support system and eventually the tools to support other parents"
- Somos Familia Youth
We know too well the devastating consequences that result from a lack of family acceptance and self-acceptance. LGBTQ youth who are strongly rejected by their families are 8 times more likely to attempt suicide, 6 times more likely to exhibit signs of depression, and 3 times more likely to abuse drugs than LGBTQ youth that are accepted by their families.
Somos Familia is dedicated to building a safe society for everyone by working one family, one community, at a time, and we are asking for your help in continuing this critical work.
We are a primarily volunteer-run, intergenerational, bilingual, community-based organization working to build a climate of acceptance for Latina/o/x LGBTQ youth in our schools, families and communities. Somos Familia takes a family-centered approach, working with parents as leaders to dismantle the culture of oppression that leads to homophobia, transphobia, and violence in our communities.
"Somos Familia has helped me accept my children by seeing other families going through the same thing. We are not the only ones."
- Somos Familia Father