Meet the Staff: Lissette Miller

Meet the Staff

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Lissette Miller (they/she) is a queer Black Latinx Miami grrrl living and breathing in DC. She coordinates Center Latinx at the DC LGBT Center, is a yoga student and aspiring teacher, and also works as a Spanish-English interpreter and translator. Lissette aims to cultivate affirming and accessible spaces of joy and healing wherever she is called.

Why did you start working at The DC Center?

I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work at my local lgbtq center and coordinate Latinx-centered programming. I’m honored to work alongside dedicated staff and community members who have been organizing queer spaces in DC for decades.

What is your music anthem?

Currently anything Cardi B and Bad Bunny

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

Our joy, our ancestors’ fire (thank you Marsha and Sylvia), our dance parties, our resilience

What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there?

Any place that hasn’t been gentrified

What do you think the LGBTQ+ community needs to improve on?

Our internalized anti-Blackness, transphobia, ableism, and classism.

What is your favorite Queer movie?

Mosquita y Mari

What has been your favorite moment while working in The DC Center?

Any time my coworkers make me laugh

What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?

Does lipstick count?

What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?

Black sprinkled with glitter

Who do you most look up to in the queer community?

Black, Indigenous, and immigrant youth and elders

Standing with LGBTQ Dreamers

Dream Act
Dream Act
LGBTQ Dream Act

The DC Center is proud to be one of 127 LGBTQ and allied organizations calling on Congress to pass a clean Dream Act in the following letter.    (You can also download the entire letter with footnotes and signatories here)


The undersigned 127 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and allied
organizations call on Congress to pass a clean Dream Act before the end of this year. Congress
has no excuse not to pass the Dream Act of 2017. The bipartisan bill has the support of a
majority of Americans, including those who identify as Trump supporters. Congress has a
responsibility to address this issue and to be in solidarity with immigrants by passing the Dream
Act without harmful provisions such as increased border or interior enforcement as well as any
cuts to other immigration categories, such as refugees, diversity visa lottery recipients, and green
card holders.

Dreamers are a part of the American family and help make our communities vibrant. Moreover,
passing the Dream Act would add a total of $22.7 billion to the United States’ GDP every year;
gains that could add up to as much as $1 trillion over the next decade when including the
productivity bump that would result from dreamers’ increased educational attainment.

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), thousands of LGBTQ
people have been able to pursue higher education, improve their economic security, and live
securely with their families and in their communities.4 Additionally, DACA has empowered a
number of its recipients to come out as LGBTQ to authentically live their lives. If deported,
many LGBTQ people will find themselves in a country where they have little to no legal rights
and are more likely to experience anti-LGBTQ violence and possibly death. Nearly 80 countries
criminalize same-sex relationships and many without explicit laws remain very dangerous for the
LGBTQ community. For example, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights reported that nearly 600 people died from anti-LGBTQ violence in Latin America between January 2013
and March 2014.

Adding increased enforcement provisions to the Dream Act is unacceptable because those
measures will further endanger LGBTQ asylum seekers seeking protection. Additionally, they
will increase the risk of profiling, detention, and deportation for LGBTQ immigrants in the U.S.
Because the LGBTQ community faces discrimination in many aspects of life (i.e. being fired or
not hired, or being refused housing), they face higher incarceration rates than those who are not
LGBTQ. Given these forms of discrimination, many LGBTQ people have a higher rate of
contact with law enforcement, and are therefore at higher risk of deportation because of 287(g)
agreements and policies which encourage local jails to identify and hold immigrants for
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The President’s decision to end DACA is an attack on immigrant young people and families
living in our communities, as well as on our values of fairness, equality, and opportunity. The
decision has left many individuals feeling helpless and powerless over their future, and fearing
that they may be taken from their families and communities at any moment. For example, the
Trevor Project has received multiple contacts from those experiencing suicidal ideation and crisis
due to the immigration policies that would return LGBTQ youth to their potentially anti-LGBTQ
countries of origin. These calls to national LGBTQ youth suicide prevention services continue to
occur as the immigration policies remain uncertain. You have the power to restore to these
individuals the hope and opportunity that should be hallmarks of our country.
We call on Congress to be on the right side of history by passing a clean Dream Act before going
home for the holidays. The time is now.

Interest Survey: Support Group for LGBTQ People of Color

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/ijfWRtO16wk63JFv1

The DC Center for the LGBT Community is considering starting a support group for LGBTQ people of color. The aim of this group is to support and address the issues that people of color in the LGBTQ communities may be struggling.

We are excited about this opportunity, and we hope you are, too! Please take a few minutes to answer the questions. Your responses will help us gauge general interest and help shape the structure of the support group.

Link: https://goo.gl/forms/ijfWRtO16wk63JFv1

If you have any questions or suggestions, please also feel free to email Ping, ping@thedccenter.org.

 

Photo credit: What’s Happening Tulsa

Volunteers Wanted For Research Study

Sin Marrones, Sin Gays: Experiences of Stigma Among Gay Latino Men in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Region

Are you over the age of 18?  Do you identify as a gay Latino male?  I am interested in speaking with gay Latino men about their experiences with stereotyping.  The interview would last approximately an hour.  During the interview you would be asked to discuss your view of the gay and Latino communities, your experiences with discrimination because of being gay and/or Latino, and your experiences with religion, machismo, and familismo.  Participants will receive a $30 gift card in appreciation of completing the interview.

For further questions contact Trevor Rose, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Health Administration & Policy, at 410-598-2412 or roset2@umbc.edu 

This research is conducted under the direction of Dr. Sarah Chard, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Health Administration & Policy, at 410-455-3380 or schard@umbc.edu

DC Latinx Pride 2017!

¡Únase al GLBT History Project para el 11º Anual DC Latino Pride! 

Join GLBT History Project for the 11th Annual DC Latino Pride!

 

 

La Fe: Resistiendo con Fe

“La Fe: Resistiendo a través de la Fe” es nuestro evento anual en el que llevamos a cabo una reunion sin denominación de una fe para las personas LGBTQ en nuestra comunidad y juntos encontrar la unidad a través de las creencias diversas.

Cuando/Donde: Sabado 3 de junio a las 6pm en la iglesia Metropolitan Community, localizada en 474 Ridge Street NW

 

La Platica: LGBTQI Latinx: Recursos para la Resistencia

La Platica se centrará este año en los recursos disponibles para la comunidad LGBTQ Latinx en asuntos relacionados con la inmigración, la salud, la discriminación y la educación. Acompáñenos en un panel de expertos, alimentos y bebidas, y una conversación oportuna!

Cuando/Donde: Miercoles 7 de junio a las 6pm, IN3DC, 2301 Georgia Ave, Suite D, NW

 

La Fiesta: La Resistencia

¡Únete con nosotros para el 11mo Anual DC Latino Pride! La Fiesta es la noche Latinx LGBTQ más grande del DMV. Este año estaremos honrando a nuestras Reinas de LHP, bailando toda la noche con D.J. El Especialista de El Zol, y tenemos alguna que otra sorpresita! 18+ evento! $ 10 en la puerta o puedes comprar tu boleto en línea! Te vemos alli!

Cuando/Donde: Jueves, 8 de junio a las 9pm, en TOWN Danceboutique, 2009 8th St NW


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La Fe: Resisting with Faith

“La Fe: Resisting through Faith” is our annual event where we hold a non-denominational faith event for LGBTQ individuals in our community and together find unity through shared beliefs.

When/Where: Saturday June 3 at 6pm, Metropolitan Community Church 474 Ridge Street NW

 

La Platica: LGBTQI Latinx: Resources for Resistance

La Platica this year will focus on resources available to the LGBTQ Latinx community in dealing with issues around immigration, health, discrimination, and education. Join us for a panel of experts, food & drinks, and a timely conversation! Special thjanks to our partners at In3DC and Clearly Innovative for their use of their beautiful space for this event!!

When/Where: Wednesday, June 7 at 6pm, IN3DC, 2301 Georgia Ave, Suite D, NW

 

La Fiesta: The Resistance

La Fiesta is the DMV’s largest Latinx LGBTQ party! This year we will be honoring our past LHP Queens, dancing the night away with D.J. El Especialista from El Zol, and have exciting community performances! 18+ event! $10 at the door or you can buy your ticket online!

When/Where: Thursday, June 8 at 9pm, TOWN Danceboutique, 2009 8th St NW

DiCción Queer Announces DC Love – a Tribute: a Community Event to Commemorate the Casualties at Pulse Nightclub

DiCción Queer, in partnership with TRADE and Gays Against Guns DC, invites the community to the performance of DC Love – a Tribute: a Community Event to Commemorate the Casualties at Pulse Nightclub. The performance takes place at TRADE, 1410 14th Street, NW, on Monday, June 12th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. and will include dramatic readings, solo dances and songs to commemorate the casualties and pay tribute to those who lost loved ones at the Pulse nightclub shooting one year ago.

The performance aspires to serve as a catalyst for an open discussion on gun violence and the LGBTQ+ community. At the end of the tribute, actors and audience will initiate a candlelight procession that will end at Dupont Circle, site of the Pride Fund’s Candle Light Vigil to End Gun Violence.

The community performance will happen with the support of Gays Against Guns,  Pride, and Colectivo de Artistas Latinx.

About DiCción Queer: DiCción Queer is a bilingual LGBTQ+ Latinx arts organization active in the Washington DC metropolitan area with the purpose of developing, nurturing, and supporting the Latinx LGBTQ+ arts. Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiccionQueer/

Latin American Youth Center’s Housing Programs

The Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC‘s) Drop-In Center is a safe space for youth 24 years old and under, of any race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity to connect to safe housing resources.
Core services  include:
  • Housing for One Year
  • Intensive Case Management for educational, vocational, health and other needs
  • In-House Mental Health Counseling
  • Assistance finding jobs
  • Support in accessing public benefits
  • Food, laundry, showers, computers, diapers, clothing, and more
For more information, drop by 3045 15th Street NW, Washington, DC, Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm, or call (202) 713-0475.

Together We Will #FreeGiGi

#FreeGiGi

#FreeGiGi

Thank you to Collective Action for Safe Spaces, The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, SWOP Baltimore, and everyone who came out to support GiGi Thomas on the first day of her trial! The trial continues today and GiGi will testify on Wednesday. Sign up to offer car rides or secure a ride to join us back at the courthouse tomorrow to #FreeGiGi and demand an end to violence against trans women of color!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSciqKXZtsGSK-lDrwHNyWBQ5jtJ8oWa3fkTAxoZJHPVJ5qTpw/viewform

Date & Location:
Wednesday, March 1st from 9am until 5pm
Prince George’s County District Court

14735 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

¡Gracias a Collective Action for Safe Spaces, The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, SWOP Baltimore y todxs quienes pudieron asistir el primer dia del juicio de GiGi Thomas! Su juicio continua hoy, y mañana miercoles GiGi dara su testiminio — estaremos ahi el miercoles para apoyar a GiGi. Si necesita aventon, o si tiene carro y le puede dar aventon a otrxs, por favor contacteme por correo electronico a lissette@thedccenter.org. Juntxs vamos a liberar a GiGi y terminar la violencia contra las mujeres trans de color!

Fecha y Direccion:
miercoles 1ro de marzo de las 9 AM hasta las 5 PM
Corte del Distrito del Condado de Prince George’s en Maryland
14735 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772