Need Latino Community Input

Raices Latino Pride is always striving to improve the lives of our fellow LGBT Community.  

Participants are needed to complete an online survey.

Latino gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men are wanted for a study aimed to understand the role that culture plays in the health related behavior.


How machismo, familismo, internalize racism, internalized heterosexism, Latino community involvement, and gay community involvement may impact unprotected anal intercourse for gay and bisexual Latino men.

Research on Culture and Latino Gay and Bisexual Men Facebook Page Click Here

Galaei’s Positivo Campaign!



GALAEI to launch new campaign! 


Love. Affirmation. Support. 

Join GALAEI at this year’s Feria del Barrio, September 8th beginning at noon, at 5th and Lehigh,

as they exclusively debut the City’s first initiative of its kind, POSITIVO.   

POSITIVO will serve as a reflective visual platform depicting that gay male Latinos and Latinos

living with HIV/AIDS are positively portrayed within their communities and families. This

campaign will be an all-encompassing celebration of the beautiful, proud and supportive Latino

community, while inspiring members of the North Philadelphia Latino communities to get tested

in order to know their status and protect their families.

In Philadelphia, rates of HIV infection are five times the national average. Latinos are

disproportionately impacted by the virus and make up 13.3% of all newly diagnosed HIV cases.

Even more troubling is the fact that Latinos test at later stages after infection, with 34% of all

Latinos having an AIDS diagnoses within 12 months from an HIV positive result, compared to

31% among Blacks and 16% among Whites. This campaign can make a “positive” impact on

reducing HIV transmission in Latino communities.

GALAEI staff members will be on hand to answer any questions or speak with community

members interested in bringing testing to their area.  Positivo will also provide same-day HIV

testing at events, and will do so during Feria del Barrio. All Latinos who are gay or who have sex

with men who test during Feria del Barrio will receive a $10 gift card.

Director, Elicia Gonzales, finds hope in the findings of a recent survey completed by GALAEI,

targeting Latino individuals living in the North Philadelphia area and their feelings regarding

those living with HIV/AIDS. According to Gonzales, “POSITIVO will show that Philadelphia’s 

Latino community is actually affirming of gay and/or HIV+ Latinos.”

“When GALAEI completed the survey of community members in North Philadelphia, we were

pleasantly surprised to learn that homophobia is no more relevant in that Latino community than

 in any other communities. That story is not being told.  We continue to live under this false

notion that stigma is rampant in our community.

I am proud of this campaign that celebrates our stories with images of real Latinos from North

Philadelphia communities who embody the POSITIVO spirit of acceptance, pride, family,

respect, beauty, and community.”


On hand for the day to help lyrically spread POSITIVO’s message at Feria del Barrio is Denice

Frohman, a Latina with an incredible amount of love and respect for Latino and LGBT

communities.  No stranger to the City of Philadelphia, Frohman is the 2013 Women of the World

Poetry Slam Champion lyricist, and ever the activist, her work is featured in Philadelphia’s

citywide “UnLitter Us” Campaign. Frohman will perform three original pieces along with the

musical spinnings of DJ Nikki Lopez, community activist and GALAEI Youth Coordinator.

Founded in 1989 to respond to the lack of support and resources for its community during the

HIV epidemic, GALAEI acknowledges and represents the mosaic of sexual and gender identities

within our communities. Latin@ represents the multiracial and multicultural experience of

Latinidad and embodies both histories.

By maintaining a strong commitment to being a community based organization dedicated to

serving Latinidad, GALAEI provides social services and referrals around HIV/AIDS and sexual

health, organizing, and networking. They are unwavering in their commitment to the

advancement de nuestra familia.

GALAEI feels that gay and HIV positive Latinos are rarely given the ability or chance to be

supported and highlighted within community structures. Through POSITIVO, GALAEI has taken

the opportunity to show the resilience, beauty and strength of the united Latino community, and

the ways in which it embraces those who have been discriminated against and shunned.

“It’s important to look not only at the alarming statistics impacting our communities, but to 

shine a light on the progressive support of those living with HIV/AIDS.  We invite you to join us 

this September 8th at Feria del Barrio for the debut of ‘POSITIVO‘. Let’s start the conversation 

about our stories, our communities, and our spirit that embodies acceptance, pride, family, 

respect, beauty, and resilience,”- said Gonzales. 


Visit for more information and to view exclusive

POSITIVO artwork as it is released in partnership with Al Día each week!



For additional information, please contact Sara Ann Kelly at or 609.778.7799

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Repeal D.O.M.A. Now!!

“I am a single lesbian with no dependants and I pay at least 22,000 a year in federal taxes alone, and yet have no rights when it comes to who I want to marry.   ~ Denise


Defense of Marriage Act is simply discrimination!

Discrimination is alive and well, but hopefully not for long.

Imagine this:  You and your same sex Army partner of 35 years have been legally married in your state for the last ten years. You have spent a lifetime together. They die from an illness and because you are a same sex couple, you are awarded nothing.  No benefits.

That’s right, same-sex spouses of military personnel are denied the same access to military bases, legal counseling, and housing allowances provided to different-sex spouses.

How about this:  You and your partner have been married in your state for 2 years, a Civil Union. You are in the market for a new home. Your combined income can assure you a nice home, one that you can afford.  After some shopping around, you both find one you really want. But because you are not a hetero- sexual couple, you are denied the bigger loan. Your hopes of  jointly owning your dream home have now gone down the drain.

DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act enacted in September of 1996, singles out lawfully married same-sex couples for unequal treatment under federal law, allowing states to refuse recognition of valid civil marriages and denying same-sex couples more than 1,100 federal benefits and protections. Under DOMA, no U.S. state or political subdivision is required to recognize a same-sex marriage from another state.  Furthermore, DOMA’s section 3, codifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors’ benefits, immigration, and the filing of joint tax returns.

Now to refresh your memory on the Contitution of the U.S. and the Declaration of Independence:

The Constitution of the United States Article 1:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance.”

The Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
So where in either of these documents does it say “with exceptions?”  If you look at the Constitution,”Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”  Isn’t that what DOMA represents?  Laws cannot be made to support any type of religion. If your religious beliefs view marriage as between a man and a woman, then YOU live your life that way.  Don’t dictate to others your religious views and put them into law.  And in the Declaration, “all men are created equal and are endowed with certain rights-the pursuit of happiness.”  Isn’t that what gay couples are trying to do, be happy?
Clinton who signed the bill into law, and key legislators, have changed their views and advocatedDOMA’s repeal. The Obama Administration announced in 2011 that it had determined that section 3 was unconstitutional and, though it would continue to enforce the law, it would no longer defend it in court. In response, the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives instructed the House General Counsel to defend the law in place of the Department of Justice.  What is it with Republicans?  Apparently a good majority of them feel they are better than anyone else.  DOMA is nothing more than a mean-spirited form of legislative gay-bashing. ~ Ted Kennedy

The Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) repeals DOMA and restores the rights of all lawfully married couples—including same-sex couples—to receive the benefits of marriage under federal law. The bill also provides same-sex couples with certainty that federal benefits and protections would flow from a valid marriage celebrated in a state where such marriages are legal, even if a couple moves or travels to another state.

Because many courts have found section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional, The United States Supreme Court will hear the appeal of 5 cases on March 27, 2013 in Washington DC.   These cases are:

  • Gill v. Office of Personnel Management (12-13 as BLAG v. Gill)
  • Massachusetts v. United States Department of Health and Human Services (12-15 as Dept. of HHS v. Massachusetts, 12-97)
  • Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management (12-16 OPM v. Golinski)
  • Windsor v. United States (12-63)
  • Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management (12-231)  
We urge everyone who support marriage between two people regardless of sexual orientation to come out on March 27th to Washington DC and support DOMA’s repeal!!  With this repeal, then and only then will we all be created equal.

The Return of the WOMENS DEN!!

From the creators of THE WOMENS DEN….

Da V LOUNGE is HERE!!!!!!!


STOOGES EXPOSED” in partnership with Da V Lounge every Friday and Saturday Night!!


“STOOGES EXPOSED” 2372 Orthodox, Phila

$5 cover

Domestic $3, Imported $4. Tap beer, pool table, great atmosphere.

Please help spread the word as we finally have a place to call our own in the lower northeast area.

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Raices Highlighted in the Philly City Paper


 Philadelphia’s Independent Weekly Paper

QUEER BAIT  by Josh Middleton               Read

Sure, the night before Thanksgiving’s ideal for holiday meal prep, but who wants to chill with a dead bird on one of the biggest party nights in town? Toss that baster aside and find something to be thankful for at one of these gay, all-about-the-boogie soirees. Your granny can handle the stuffing.

El Dia de Accion de Gracias

The newly formed Raices Latino Pride Philadelphia (RLPP), a group dedicated to building a stronger Latino LGBTQ presence locally, is kicking off a series of monthly mixers with this diverse networking fête. Get your salsa on in a class led by Celeste Polanco or catch performances by singer-songwriter Myrna Elena, poet Louie Ortiz and the Asereco Dancers (pictured). 9 p.m., $5, 3G Lounge, 300 W. Girard Ave., 267-324-3816,