News Release

El Paso Affiliate and First Responders of Pulse Nightclub Tragedy Honored at NCLR’s Annual LGBT Reception

July 24, 2016

Camila Gallardo
NCLR Press Office in Orlando:
(407) 685-5407
West Concourse, W230A

ORLANDO, Fla.—Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc., an NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Affiliate in El Paso, Texas, was recognized as this year’s honoree at the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference’s LGBT and Allies Reception. A Night Out with NCLR was sponsored by AT&T, Hilton Worldwide, Nationwide and Nissan North America. La Fe was recognized for its work in educating and providing health services for the LGBT community.

“It is a profound honor for Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe to be the recipient of NCLR’s 2016 LGBT Champion Award,” said Salvador Balcorta, MSW, CEO of Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe. “This honor highlights our efforts to create a holistic approach to the wellness needs of our LGBT community within our many services and initiatives. Throughout our nearly 50-year history, La Fe’s effort to embrace cultural diversity, and use it as a positive force in health and wellness outcomes, has become inclusive of our LGBT brothers and sisters. Our programs today welcome and support our sons and daughters, our husbands and wives regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We do it because to us, we are all familia! La Fe is therefore proud to accept this national honor, not only as an Affiliate of NCLR, but as a symbolic representative of the strong Latino social justice organizations that have been dedicated to safeguarding the rights of nuestra gente... toda nuestra gente!”

Founded in 1967, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe emerged from the Segundo Barrio of El Paso, Texas, to become the Southwest’s leading Federally Qualified Health Center and one of the nation’s most respected social justice nonprofits. Confidentiality and equal access are two of the main values integrated into the medical and social services at La Fe, which have built a friendly, supportive and empowering environment for the LGBT community. Thanks to programs like Purple Pages, a new initiative to connect the LGBT community with resources and services to meet their health care needs, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe continues to improve the quality of life for El Paso’s families.

“For decades, Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe has helped the Latino and LGBT communities of El Paso understand the many factors that affect their well-being,” said Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO. “We’re proud to recognize La Fe not only for its remarkable commitment to keeping our community healthy, but also for their activism and outspoken support of LGBT rights.”

During the reception, first responders who attended to victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting, which left 49 innocent people dead, were recognized for their heroic efforts. Victims of the tragedy, which struck at the heart of Orlando’s Latino LGBT community, were also remembered by NCLR, members of its Affiliate Network and community leaders in attendance.

“As we recognize the tremendous work that has been done to promote equity and justice for the LGBT community, we want to honor those who were victims of that terrible tragedy at Pulse nightclub, praise the efforts of those who put their own lives at risk to save others and recommit ourselves to supporting those who lost loved ones,” continued Murguía.

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