LULAC Lambda Scholarship Benefits the LGBTQ Latinx Community

LULAC Lambda

LULAC Lambda invites current and future college students in the District of Columbia to apply for its 2019 LULAC scholarship targeting students from the LGBTQ Latinx community.

In 2019, LULAC Lambda will award two scholarships with one specifically targeting a scholar from the Afro-Latinx LGBTQ community. Each scholarship is for $1,000.

LULAC Lambda is one of 1,000 local councils across the United States affiliated with the League of United Latin American Citizens, the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic/Latino civil rights volunteer-based organization. One of the goals of LULAC is to increase access to education, so it encourages local councils like LULAC Lambda to sponsor scholarships.

The LULAC Lambda Scholarship application opens on October 1, and applications are being accepted November 15 through January 8, 2019. Applicants must have a 2.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale and be enrolled at a District of Columbia high school, college or university. Finalists will be interviewed in February, and scholarship winners will be notified in March. Checks will be presented at the DC LULAC State Convention in April.

To apply, visit our webpage to access the Google Doc application:

To learn more about LULAC Lambda, stop by its next monthly meeting Tuesday, November 13, at 6:00 p.m. at the Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, Washington DC 20036.

LULAC Lambda está aceptando aplicaciones para su programa de becas para la Comunidad LGBTQ Latinx de DC

LULAC Lambda invita a estudiantes universitarios actuales y futuros en el Distrito de Columbia a aplicar para la beca LULAC 2019. Esa beca esta apuntado a estudiantes de la comunidad LGBTQ Latinx.

En 2019, LULAC Lambda otorgará dos becas, una de las cuales será apuntado específicamente a un académico de la comunidad LGBTQ Afro-Latinx. Cada beca será de $1,000.

LULAC Lambda es uno de los 1.000 concilios locales en los Estados Unidos afiliados a la Liga de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos (LULAC), la cual es la organización de voluntarios de derechos civiles hispanos más grande y antigua del país. Uno de los objetivos de LULAC es aumentar el acceso a la educación para los hispanos. Por lo tanto, LULAC alienta a los concilios locales como LULAC Lambda a patrocinar becas.

La aplicación para la Beca Lambda LULAC está disponible a partir del 1 de octubre, y se aceptan las aplicaciones del 15 de noviembre de 2018 al 8 de enero de 2019. Los solicitantes de la Beca Lambda LULAC deben tener un promedio de calificaciones de 2.5 o más en una escala de 4.0 y estar inscritos en una escuela secundaria del Distrito de Columbia, un colegio o una universidad. Los finalistas serán entrevistados en febrero, y los ganadores de las becas serán notificados en marzo. Los cheques se presentarán en la Convención Estatal de DC LULAC en abril.

Para aplicar para la Beca Lambda LULAC, visite para obtener instrucciones y el enlace para acceder a nuestra aplicación en Google Doc.

Para obtener más información sobre LULAC Lambda, visite la próxima reunión mensual de LULAC Lambda el martes 13 de noviembre a las 6:00 p.m. en la Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, Washington DC 20036.

Fact Sheet on Youth & Suicide in DC

Youth and Suicide in Washington DC

A new fact sheet on Youth and Suicide in the District of Columbia is available from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).  16% of High School youth reported attempting suicide in the past twelve months, a number more than double the national average.    Among these students, our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender High School students are at significantly higher risk with little to no progress in addressing this health disparity since we started looking at these numbers in 2013.

YRBS Mental Health Fact Sheet

Eddy Ameen, a member of the DC Center Youth Working Group who has been working on this issue  for many years stated “While I hope the number improves on next YRBS, we ALL need to continue improving our safety nets TODAY with and for youth in our community.”

This data is available because questions about sexual orientation and gender identity are included in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).  Legislation is currently before the District of Columbia to require this data collection on LGBTQ individuals in the YRBS and other survey instruments like the Behvioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS).  Read more about the legislation here.

B22-0840 – LGBTQ Health Data Collection Amendment Act of 2018

To see more information about the Youth Risk Behavior Survey or other LGBT health and wellness data in the District of Columbia visit







New Group Volunteer Opportunity at Wanda Alston Foundation

Wanda Alston Foundation

If you want to show your support for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness, we’ve got a great opportunity for you and your friends.   For over a year now, DC Center volunteers have been recruiting volunteers to cook and serve a a monthly meal for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness at Casa Ruby’s Youth House.  Our amazing volunteers Lamar Trowers and Jon Thomas coordinate this important work.

Well, now we are going to be doing the same thing at the Wanda Alston House, and this is a perfect volunteer activity for your church, temple, sports team, employee resource group, or just a group of your friends.   You and your friends can prepare and serve a meal at the Wanda Alston House.   We are looking for groups of volunteers to make dinner on the second Tuesday of every month.  If you are interested in helping out please contact our Support Desk at

Meet the Board: Rebecca Bauer

Help us welcome one of the newest members on our Board of Directors, Rebecca! She first became connected with the DC Center through her participation in the social group, Women in their Twenties & Thirties (WiTT). She has stayed involved with that group and has also helped with the Youth Working Group.

Birthdate, Astro Sign.

June 23, Cancer.

Where are you originally from?

Montclair, NJ

When and why did you start volunteering at the DC Center?

I started coming to the DC Center in August 2014 because I was search for an LGBT community after finishing college earlier that year.

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

I love how open-minded, supportive and strong our community is.

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

Is it too cliché to say Ellen Degeneres? If so, Kristin Russo.

What is your favorite queer movie?

Imagine Me & You (though I’m much more passionate about queer television than movies).

What is your favorite DC neighborhood?

U St Corridor, which was one of the first neighborhoods that felt like home since the DC Center is there!

What is your go to restaurant and what do you order?

I love HipCityVeg and I order their Lil Golden Nugs (vegetarian chicken nuggets) and sweet potato fries.

Are you more of an early bird or a night owl?

I’m definitely an early bird!

Meet the Staff: Matt


Meet the new Social Media and Advocacy intern Matt! This summer, Matt will be handling the various social media duties at the DC Center, as well as working with the Youth Working Group to help put LGBT youth in the foster care system into more welcoming and accepting homes.

Birthdate, Astro Sign

June 2, Gemini.

Where are you originally from?

I’m originally from the Bay Area in California and currently go to school in Los Angeles.

Why did you start working at the DC Center?

I started working as an intern at the DC Center because I am passionate about helping the LGBTQ community. I wanted to work at a place where I could feel that I am making an immediate impact on the community, and the DC Center is a great place to do that. Also, I was really intrigued about all the different LGBT arts events and support groups the DC Center offers.

What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?

Although I just started working at the DC Center, I have really enjoyed getting to know all the staff members and learning more and more about the fun and unique events and opportunities that the DC Center offers the community.

What is your music anthem?

It changes all the time but currently it is probably “The Middle” by Zedd.

What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community?

My favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community is how welcoming and enthusiastic the people are and that I know I always have a home within the community.

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

My favorite spot in DC would probably be the Lincoln Memorial at night. I like to walk around and reflect on my thoughts.

What is your favorite queer movie?

Call Me by Your Name.

What clothing item is a staple in your wardrobe?

My white Converse. I wear them everywhere.

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

I kind of like it white because it reminds me of watching Cory in the House as a kid, but I would paint it rainbow if I had to choose a different color!

Who do you look up to in the queer community?

Alison Bechdel.


Research Participants Wanted

Seeking young African American men, transgender women, or gender non-conforming youth who have sexual interest in men for a research study on mentorship. If you are a mentor to such a young person ages 15-24 or you are a young person with sexual interest in males and are being mentored by an adult in Baltimore/DC/Philly, call/text James Conley, III for info: 443-354-2537. Interviews take 1 hour, and you will earn a $50 gift card.

Lockers for LGBTQ Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Lockers for LGBTQ Youth

Are you a displaced LGBTQ youth who needs a place to store important documents for job hunting?  The DC Center for the LGBT Community has 15 lockers available to the LGBT Community, free of charge, for storing documents related to job searching such as: birth certificates, social security cards, or other identifying information. Come by the DC Center to checkout the lockers! For more information ask for Chris. You can also e-mail

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