Presentation on LGBT rights and issues

By Robin Loving Rowland

Mexico has the second-highest rate of homophobic hate crimes in Latin America, but there is hope. For instance, Catholic Bishop Raul Vera Lopez, of Saltillo, is on record as saying that homosexuality is not a sickness, but homophobia is.

“Creating a Culture of Acceptance”
Tue, Sep 17, 12:30pm
Hotel Real de Minas
Ancha de San Antonio at Stirling Dickinson

Locally, a new group, Colective 41, focuses on issues within the community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) youth, including disease testing and prevention and human rights initiatives.

Spokesperson Marty Minnich will speak at Rotary Tuesday, September 17, at 12:30pm at Hotel Real de Minas about how we can foster a community with no fear of violence.

A recent graduate of the University of Oregon, Minnich has degrees in family and human services and women’s and gender studies. She has worked at a variety of nonprofit organizations and NGOs focusing on social justice with diverse populations, sexual health education and human rights.

Colectivo 41 is seeking support to open a safe, comfortable, visible and accessible space for the LGBT youth of San Miguel de Allende. They will need computers, desks, tables, chairs, and office supplies for that space. Colectivo 41 is under the CASA umbrella but is funded entirely by community support. For more information, contact

Rotary unites leaders from all countries, cultures and occupations to exchange ideas and take action for communities around the world. For more information, contact President Lee Carter at

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