This past weekend on Saturday, May 6th, the City of Orlando put on its annual Orlando Youth Empowerment Summit event. The event is great -- it's a series of workshops geared toward young adults so that they can know more about LGBTQ+ issues and shape their skills as community leaders. It's put on by a host of sponsors, including GLSEN, Orlando Youth Alliance, and commissioner Patty Sheehan. This year, it was held in the Beardall Senior Center, just south of downtown Orlando.
Executive Director of QLatinx Christopher Cuevas was invited to speak on an panel alongside the Director of Proyecto Somos Orlando, Ricardo Negron, and the Immersion Coordinator of the Hope CommUnity Center, Christopher Furino, by the incredible leaders of the Sin Fronteras Youth Group about LGBTQ+ issues and how to create safe and supportive spaces at home and in their community for LGBTQ+ Latinx youth. We were inspired by the collective wisdom and powerful stories that were