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posted Friday, January 31 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 05
Entre Hermanos holds open house at new location
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Entre Hermanos holds open house at new location

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Entre Hermanos, the LGBTQ Latino advocacy organization in Seattle, held an open house event at 1105 23rd Ave., the site of their new location, on January 29 from 4-7 p.m.

Executive directors and staff from local nonprofits, organizations and service groups - LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, counseling - were present and celebrated the fact that Entre Hermanos continues its mission, which is to promote the health and well being of the Latino LGBTQ community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.

Entre Hermanos came into being from the initiative of a group of LGBT Latinos/as that saw the need for social, educational, and health support services in their community in the spring of 1991. By December of 1992, the group was organized and carried out various activities to raise funds to cover its operating costs.

These activities were done in cooperation with the Washington Latino AIDS Coalition, a group affiliated with People of Color Against AIDS Network (POCAAN), a nonprofit organization that offers prevention and educational services against HIV/AIDS for people of color.

In April of 1993, Entre Hermanos functioned independently, directing several activities for the community. But later that year, Entre Hermanos also affiliated itself with POCAAN. In May of 1993, Entre Hermanos held their first contest to elect a Latina Queen. That same summer, they incorporated a Lesbian group and participated in Seattle's LGBT Pride Parade for the first time.

Toward the end of 2001, Entre Hermanos received a charter from the State of Washington to operate as a nonprofit organization, through the corporate status offered by IRS Section 501(C)3. Since then, they have continued to grow, thanks to their personnel, Board of Directors, volunteer corps, and educational and recreational activities.

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