BIENESTAR will celebrate the FIESTA DE LAS AMERICAS on Thursday, September 5 at COCO BONGO, RESEDA. Will honor celebrities from Latin America for their contributions to the Latino community in the United States.
We hope you can join us!
Miss BIENESTAR 2013, organized by Transgeneros Unidas (TU) program took place on Monday August 19th at ARENA Nightclub. Miss BIENESTAR is a leadership development intervention with the goal to develop agents of change and to create a healthier transgender community in Los Angeles.
Since 1997, BIENESTAR’s TU Program has been a unique peer-based program dedicated to positively impacting the health and well-being of the Latina Transgender community in Southern California. Miss BIENESTAR’s also aims to strengthen the Transgender community and it is a unique opportunity to represent BIENESTAR for one year. Karla Carmona is our new Miss BIENESTAR 2013
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BIENESTAR APPLAUDS THE DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT ON DOMA AND
The premier Latino LGBT health and wellness organization qualified today as a historical day for social justice
LOS ANGELES, CA - In a landmark ruling today, the Supreme Court of United States toppled a key provision of the law of defense of marriage (DOMA,), regulating that couples the same sex legally married can now receive federal benefits and opened the way for same sex marriage to be legal again in California
Oscar De La O President of BIENESTAR, declared as a victory the decision of the Supreme Court and emphasized "today is a historic day for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and the society in general. Today equality, equity and justice for all was reaffirmed. Although there are still many steps to take to have a fair society without discrimination, today was a great triumph ", concluded Mr. De La O.
Similarly, the Supreme Court ruled against appeal Proposition 8 of California, which declared that marriages in this state could only be performed between a man and a woman, and declared valid a decision of the court of ninth circuit that already had failed against it.
Since 1989, BIENESTAR has been committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the Latino community and other underserved communities in Southern California. We accomplish this through our unique peer-to peer service model, community outreach, health education and awareness and human rights advocacy for social justice.We operate nine centers throughout Southern California
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BIENESTAR will have a week of testing events from June 25-28 at our community centers and in our mobile units. More than 1 million people are living with HIV in the United States, but 1 in 5 don’t know they are infected. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 13-64 be tested for HIV at least once. Know your HIV status. Take the Test. Take Control.
Once again, BIENESTAR is proud to collaborate with the HIV/AIDS and the Gay and Lesbian Catholic Ministry from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to present BUSQUEDA ESPIRITUAL (Spiritual Search) - An experience for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community-. It will be three retreats in different locations, including our San Fernando Valley and Pomona Centers.
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LATINO SOCIAL SERVICES CENTER SERVING LGBT, HIV/AIDS
AND AT-RISK COMMUNITIES SEEKS SUPPORT
FOR VITAL SERVICES IN VAN NUYS
BIENESTAR, a Southern California-based social services organization primarily serving the Latino LGBT, HIV/AIDS and at-risk communities, is currently without a permanent Van Nuys center, severely impacting its ability to provide much-needed services to vulnerable constituencies. Here is how you can help.
LOS ANGELES, CA [September 11, 2012] - The abrupt ouster from a newly relocated Van Nuys location of BIENESTAR, a social services organization providing critical services to Southern California’s Latino LGBT, HIV/AIDS and at-risk communities, has severely hampered the organization’s ability to provide much-needed services, depriving the most vulnerable of vital support. Though stopgap measures have allowed for the provision of basic services, a permanent solution is needed and BIENESTAR is looking to the community for support.
For more than 16 years, BIENESTAR has operated a Van Nuys center, providing HIV prevention and education services. Since launching, BIENESTAR has expanded services to include psychosocial case management for HIV-positive people (focused on retention in medical care), mental health services, housing assistance, and state-certified substance abuse outpatient treatment.
In late August, BIENESTAR moved its Van Nuys’ operations to a new space. Within 48 hours, its lease was terminated, leaving the organization without a permanent home in the city.
“With no place to operate, BIENESTAR is currently able to provide only limited services from our mobile unit, three days a week, four hours each day,” said Oscar De La O, president and CEO of BIENESTAR. “Services are limited to providing HIV testing and referrals and linkages to other service providers, but we are not able to assist registered clients to provide them with case management, housing assistance and mental health services. Our No. 1 priority is to secure appropriate space where we can resume our mission to provide the complete array of services that the severely underserved Van Nuys LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities urgently need.”
Committed for more than two decades to providing assistance to at-risk communities, BIENESTAR looks to the larger community, which has always stood with the organization, for support.
“We have been overwhelmed and inspired by the reaction to this urgent need. Many have asked what they can do to help,” said De La O. BIENESTAR has detailed ways that members of the community can be a part of a long-term solution, including:
Of the eviction, Kerrie L. Campbell, a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and counsel to BIENESTAR, said that the organization “is taking all necessary and appropriate steps to protect its legal rights and its ability to provide essential services to the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities. While we are actively engaged in the legal process, we will not comment on pending litigation.”
De La O reaffirmed that “BIENESTAR is steadfastly committed to serving the Van Nuys community and wants to resolve the matter as expeditiously as possible.”
The organization is temporarily stationed in front of its previous location, 14515 Hamlin St., Van Nuys, CA 91411. Services are available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
Assemblymember Lara Historic LGBTQ Bill of Rights Resolution Clears Assembly
Resolution sponsored by BIENESTAR calling on President and Congress to include "sexual orientation, gender identity" in landmark federal anti-discrimination laws is now headed to the Senate
In a historic call to action, today Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) successfully advanced AJR 43 out of the Assembly, moving the California Legislature a step closer in declaring that 'sexual orientation and gender identity' should be included alongside 'race, color, sex, national origin, disability, age and religion' in all federal anti-discrimination laws. AJR 43 passed out of the Assembly on an 52 to 18 vote.
"Because of a lack of protections at the federal level, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans are at the mercy of state laws that can either protect them, or target them for further discrimination. As a result, every day millions of LGBTQ individuals live in fear that they could be legally fired from their job, could be denied time off of work to care for an ailing partner, or be bullied or harassed at school simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. AJR 43 is an urgent call for justice to the President of the United States and Congress to take immediate action to provide comprehensive, federal protections for the LGBTQ population," said Lara.
"Including sexual orientation and gender identity in all federal anti-discrimination laws will enhance the health, social and economic well-being of LGBTQ Americans. We are grateful Assemblymember Lara is leading the charge on behalf of the LGBTQ population and is urgently calling for justice for all Americans." said Oscar De La O, Executive Director of BIENESTAR.
AJR 43, sponsored by Bienestar Human Services, Inc, (BIENESTAR), brings the issue of equal rights for LGBTQ individuals to the forefront of American consciousness. Currently most federal anti-discrimination laws withhold equal status and parity for LGBT individuals, which deny this population many basic and fundamental protections and benefits.
Once passed, the President of the United States, each United States Senator and Representative, and each presiding officer of each house of each state legislature of the across our nation will receive a copy of the resolution.
We need your help to continue our advocacy efforts. You can help our efforts for justice for all Americans by making a donation of whatever amount you can contribute to ensure equality for all.
Bienestar Human Services, Inc., one of the largest Latino community-based organizations in the United States addresses the social services, health promotion, and social justice issues of Latinos. Since 1989, BIENESTAR has been committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the Latino community and other underserved communities in Southern California. Visit www.bienestar.org for additional information.