Somos Familia’s mission is to build intergenerational leadership to create environments where Latina/o/x lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their families are supported, nurtured, and celebrated. Somos Familia conducts its work in a Latina/o/x cultural context. The majority of members are bilingual and bicultural. Somos Familia provides peer support and education programs led by families with LGBTQ children. They facilitate workshops on acceptance, gender and sexual orientation terminology, and being an ally for childcare providers, community-based organizations, school staff, and parents. Somos Familia has made it possible for families to discuss their sexual orientation or gender identity within their home and this has brought their families closer together. Parents say that hearing from Somos Familia members made them feel more comfortable about having a LGBTQ child. One mother of a transgender teen said: “At each Somos Familia event I attend, I learn something new about how to support my child.”
This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.