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LILA: At the Intersection of Latinx & LGBTQ+ in the South

Sat 11 AM | Landing

LILA Latinx LGBTQ+ Initiative

Often, supporting and empowering minority communities can look very different from one another. The intersectionality of the LGBTQ+, Latinx, and/or Undocumented identities bring about their own set of obstacles. In this BILINGUAL session, let’s take a look at the Latinx LGBTQ+ community and its own unique celebrations and challenges. Learn about what LILA, a new NC based non-profit organization, is doing to organize and empower the Latinx LGBTQ+ community in the South. Share your own experiences organizing with minority communities. Let’s learn from one another so we can be brighter sources of light for Latinx LGBTQ+ identifying people everywhere we go.LILA is a North Carolina based non-profit organization committed to continuous outreach, education, advocacy, and empowerment for the Latinx LGBTQIA+ community.

Madaline Allsup

Madaline (Maddie) Allsup is a queer, justice-seeking, special education teacher who has deep roots in North Carolina. She earned a BA from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish. After graduation, Maddie attended Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, where she earned a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Religion and Social Change. Combining her love for Spanish, social justice, and working with children and youth, Maddie has spent a year as well as several summers in Honduras as a volunteer teacher with Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA), an organization that seeks to partner with communities in order to provide affordable bilingual education and cultural exchange. Being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community who is dedicated to the empowerment of the Latinx community, Maddie is honored to be part of LILA and is dedicated to her role as president of its board of directors.

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David Mateo

David Mateo is the executive director of LILA Latinx LGBTQ Intitiative, the first and only organization purposely working with the Latinx LGBTQ community in North Carolina. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Besides being a lecturer in LGBTQ spirituality, immigration, and other social justice matters, he is well-known for his work advocating, supporting, and organizing allies for the LGBTQ community in Honduras and Guatemala.

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Michelle Peedin

Michelle was born and raised in North Carolina. She pursued higher education at UNC-Chapel Hill where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies with a concentration in Economics, Trade, and Development and her area of study was Latin America. She credits her time studying in Ireland and volunteering in Costa Rica for how she was shaped both personally and professionally during her undergraduate time. She continued her education as a Fellow at Student Action with Farmworkers, a non-profit organization in Durham, NC. She has been a staff member of the NC Council of Churches since January of 2017. As a member of the LGBTQ community and as a Peruvian American, Michelle is passionate about the impact LILA can have on the Latinx LGBTQ cultural divide.

300 LILA: Latinx & LGBTQ+ in the South

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