“I feel like it’s my responsibility to make sure that I support other people who are going through the same things that I have gone through,” explains Bamby Salcedo, president and CEO of Translatin@ Coalition, a national advocacy organization based in Los Angeles that also provides direct services to the trans and gender non-conforming community. From incarceration and poverty, to migration and substance abuse, Salcedo has survived many of the same issues that many members of the trans community currently face. During her time in rehab, she experienced transphobia and lack of services that were sensitive to the trans experience. This sparked her commitment to activism and changing the landscape for her fellow trans and gender non-confirming siblings.
Today, Translatin@ Coalition is nationally recognized and provides direct services through their Center for Violence Prevention and Transgender Wellness in Koreatown. These services include emergency housing, re-entry programs, legal services, food and transportation vouchers, and self-defense classes geared specifically towards the trans and queer community. Every day, they provide a free hot meal from 12pm to 2pm. Their drop-in center provides a much needed safe space for trans people in and around Los Angeles to come in and be around peers who understand their issues first hand.
In addition to direct services, the organization works in advocacy to change policies that affect trans folks. With trans people facing violence, homelessness, and unemployment at higher rates, it’s important to change policies while also providing access to live-saving services, and Translatin@ Coalition is doing just that.
“We feel that we do what needs to be done in order for us to have our voices heard and to change the landscape of our community and to really transform the way society sees us,” says Salcedo.
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