When I was in high school I was captivated by a book called To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, the autobiography of the playwright Lorraine Hansberry. In 1959, two weeks before the opening of her groundbreaking play Raisin in the Sun on Broadway, she said this: "I wish to live because life has within it that which is good, that which is beautiful, and that which is love..."
In the dozens of meetings I have had with NCG members since my arrival, I have been struck by the vehemence with which so many of you have strongly encouraged NCG to assume more of a leadership role in our community, and – to paraphrase many – “to stand for something.” In response to your guidance...
The recent attack in a nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 and wounded over 50 others – nearly all LGBTQ Latino/a young people – has impacted us deeply. We are left with questions about how to respond, how to heal, and how to support our membership in addressing the complex issues events like this again bring to the fore.
Our 2016 Annual Conference, The Power of Now on May 25th, is coming soon! Hear from our CEO Ellen LaPointe on what the Power of Now means to her and what you can expect to achieve at the conference.
It’s time for March Madness. For those of us who follow college basketball, this is the month when we talk endlessly of brackets and spreads and Cinderella stories and dynasties and upsets. We fall in love, we berate, we despair, and we exult–in game after game. In the end, only one team pulls off the six consecutive wins necessary to be named champion. Those of us who follow trumpet our victory or lick our wounds, vow to resume our diets, heave a sigh of relief that it’s over, and ultimately return to the routines of daily life. All in good fun–unless you lose big in the pool, of course.
“How can it be that people still sleep in the streets in the richest nation in the world? Dr. King would hold his head and weep. We need a new paradigm of what is morally/ethically right and wrong."
I am always happy to predict the future. I do it all the time. Really- just call me sometime and you will end up with at least one or two juicy predictions. In fact, I’ll give you one right now...
As we say goodbye to summer and move into a busy fall season, I’m excited by the many opportunities we will have to connect with colleagues, discuss the issues with which we are grappling, share triumphs and learnings, strengthen our relationships as we explore possibilities for collaboration.