Showing posts with label Latino. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Latino. Show all posts

November 7, 2016

Something is Happening with Latinos Turnout for Clinton


With reports coming in from several states about historic turnout by Latino voters, a new tracking poll supports the argument that something real is happening for Hillary Clinton.

The tracking poll conducted by polling firm Latino Decisions for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) began eight weeks ago and Clinton has hit full stride with Latinos just two days before the election. With eagerness over the 2016 race at its highest mark since the tracking poll began, 55 percent of Latino voters are more enthusiastic over this election than they were in 2012, say experts.

The tracking poll numbers show Clinton receiving her highest favorability rating among Latinos in the last week of the tracking poll, now at 70 percent. By contrast, Donald Trump continues to occupy low ratings among Latinos, now at 17 percent. Perhaps most important for the Democrats in down ballot races, favorability ratings for Democrats in Congress have also reached their highest point since the poll began, at 65 percent.

Swing states like Florida, Nevada and North Carolina as well as states like Texas are reporting upswings in early voting among Latinos.

Lines in Nevada had to stay open late to accommodate voters in Clark County as early voters swamped polling places in Latino neighborhoods. Jon Ralston, a longtime political analyst in Nevada crunched the numbers as they were being reported and relayed them in real-time over Twitter in dramatic fashion.

His analysis continues to conclude that Latino voters in Nevada have formed a fire line of support for Clinton that is highly unlikely to fall on election day. Ralston wrote, "About two-thirds of the votes already have been banked if the past is prologue, [Trump] is cooked. Believe me!"

Florida saw record turnout, as well, among Latinos, making up almost 14 percent of the early vote tally in the Sunshine State compared to 10 percent in 2012.

Turnout by Latinos, experts predict, could have far reaching implications for future elections in locations where Hispanics have not traditionally been a concern for Republicans.

Dave Wasserman, editor of Cook Political Report, reported record numbers in Latino counties in Virginia, such as Manassas County, Prince William County, and Fairfax County. Manassas and Prince William are 35 percent and 22 percent Latino, respectively, and they saw increases of 51 percent for Manassas and 62 percent in Prince William.

With the election two days away, researchers are cautiously optimistic about the Latino vote. However, if the reports on the ground are consistent with the polling, we are likely to see historic record turnout among Hispanic voters.


July 12, 2016

New Poll: Hillary Trancing Trump on Latino vote


The Democratic surge against Trump is growing even bigger as a new poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump 74%-16% with Latinos.

A new poll conducted by Latino Decisions and commissioned by America’s Voice found:

In Head-to-Head Matchup, Hillary Clinton Favored By 74%-16% Margin Over Donald Trump: When asked about the head-to-head matchup between the parties’ two presumptive presidential nominees, Latino voters nationwide prefer Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a 74%-16% margin. This puts Trump on track to underperform Mitt Romney’s historically poor performance among Latino voters in 2012, when Latinos supported President Obama by a 75%-23% margin over Romney, according to Latino Decisions 2012 Election Eve polling (71%-27% in media-sponsored exit polls). Of note, 33% of self-identified Latino Republican respondents said they were likely to back Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. When asked about candidate favorability, 78% of Latino voters have an unfavorable opinion of Donald Trump, including 69% who have a “very unfavorable” opinion. This compares to just 17% who view Trump as “very” (8%) or “somewhat” (9%) favorable – meaning that his net favorability is underwater by 61 percentage points. Comparatively, Hillary Clinton has a positive favorability rating among Latino voters in the new poll at a 63%-32% margin.

The Republican Brand with Latino Voters is Deeply Damaged and Democratic Candidates are Favored by 4:1 Margins: More than 3-of-4 Latino voters (77%) say the Republican Party “doesn’t care too much about Latinos” (41%) or that the GOP is “sometimes hostile towards Latinos” (36%), while just 13% say the Republican Party “truly cares about the Latino community.” Of note, 43% of self-identified Latino Republican respondents say their own party is indifferent or hostile to Latinos. When Latino voters are asked if the GOP has, in recent years, become more welcoming to Latinos, more hostile to Latinos, or has not really changed, 46% say the Republican Party has become more hostile, 11% say the Republican Party has become more welcoming; and 36% say no change. Perhaps unsurprisingly in light of the overall tarnished Republican brand, Latino voters prefer generic Democratic candidates over generic Republican candidates by approximately 4:1 margins in both House and Senate contests (72%-16% in House contests nationwide and 71%-19% in Senate contests nationwide).
The polling is revealing that Republicans don’t just have a Donald Trump problem. The GOP also has a brand problem. When Latino voters are expressing the beliefs that the Republican Party doesn’t care about them, and that Republicans are hostile towards them, it suggests an issue that goes much deeper than one presidential nominee.

Donald Trump is a symptom of a much larger disease. One-third of self-identified Latino Republicans said that they would support Hillary Clinton over Trump. There aren’t enough while male voters in the electorate to make up for the overwhelming numbers of other voters who are fleeing Trump.

The structural elements of this election are not moving in Trump’s direction. Latino voters have been alienated by the Republican Party and Trump. Hillary Clinton and Democrats have done an outstanding job of making it clear that Latinos are welcome, and their voices are heard in the Democratic Party.

Contrary to Trump’s claims, Latinos don’t love him. In fact, they are close to hating the presumptive GOP nominee. Republicans are fighting a demographic war that they can’t win. With each poll, it is clear that Donald Trump may be swept into the dustbin of history as Latino voters reject his bigoted politics of yesteryear.

January 30, 2014

Courts in Latin America Have done More for Gay Rights than in the US

Today I started writing a piece  on Venezuela and how a great country like this, with great natural resources most important oil, has been hijacked by fascists dressed as socialists.  MY intend was to bring the politics of the country around to gay rights. At the same time I’m thinking ‘yes' there are some anti gay rights governments and they are very vocal. Sometimes the people that yell the most are not the oppressed or the victims but the perpetrators trying to hide the immorality of what they do by putting the label on the other guy.  These yellers in Latin America and letter writters like here in the U.S. against other citizens are minorities have their script well rehearsed and they repeat over and over. You will notice that it doesn’t change using the same excuses that was used during the Spanish Inquisition.
I changed my mind and began to write about all that has been accomplished by the courts in Latin America and as I compare the improvements to my own country, I find that Latin Americas’ courts have done more, accomplished more than here in there U.S.
This is a fact that few realize. We tend to basked in all the accomplishments we’ve made here and there is nothing wrong with that. But as we look to the south of us we can find a sea of attitude changes that was unheard of a decade ago.  Being that gays don’t discriminate to what family they are born into, both the rich and the poor have baby gays being born all the time. Too many to throw out of the house, disowned or put to a public hanging like in Iran, Iraq and Egypt to name a few. Imagine if those arab baby gays were to come out, they would also realize that they are too many to kill and like in Latin America and in many parts of the world they would be embraced as something as natural  as the morning mist. As beautiful as the ‘morning glory.’
I would like to share with you the words of a political science Professor at Bard College Omar G. Encarnación. He is done the research which I find interesting. Hope you do too.
Adam Gonzalez, Publisher
Latin America’s gay rights revolution has highlighted the ingenuity of gay activists and the leadership of politicians like Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. In July 2010, she became a gay rights heroine when she signed Latin America’s first same-sex marriage law, over vigorous opposition from the archbishop of Buenos Aires (today Pope Francis). But the celebration of activists and politicians has overlooked another hero in this campaign: the region’s high courts. Their embrace of gay rights has been nothing short of audacious, especially in contrast to recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.
It is striking that the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to find a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Last June’s ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act was relatively narrow: It requires only that the federal government recognize same-sex marriages conducted in states where such marriages are legal. It does not invalidate some 30 state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriages, civil unions and, in some cases, even domestic partnerships. By contrast, the high courts of Brazil, Colombia and Mexico have broadly endorsed a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, and Argentina was primed to do the same before stepping back to give politicians the chance to act first.
Judges south of the border built on a decision from U.S. Supreme Court, which struck down a ban on interracial marriage.
So why are Latin America’s high courts acting faster and more boldly than the U.S. Supreme Court? It is not as if Latin America has a tradition of gay rights advocacy from the bench. As recently as 1991, Argentina’s Supreme Court upheld a ban on gay organizations, stating the government’s need to protect society from pernicious influences.
For a start, marriage laws in the United States and Latin America stem from distinct legal traditions. Marriage in Latin America is strictly a civil institution, and as such it is separate from any religious context, quite unlike the situation in the United States. The judicial systems in the U.S. and Latin America also operate from different constitutional frameworks. While the U.S. Constitution remains remarkably faithful to its 18th century foundations, most Latin American nations have in the last three decades introduced new constitutions or wholly revamped old ones. These reforms have made Latin American constitutions especially sensitive to human rights claims, and especially inclined to see gay rights as human rights.
Last but not least are divergent stances on international jurisprudence. Believing that foreign laws should have no role in shaping American laws, the Supreme Court has traditionally been loath to consider foreign legal precedents in its deliberations. But the Latin American high courts have in recent years indulged in “trans-national legalism” to advance gay rights, by borrowing legal precedents from other countries, including the United States. The unanimous 2012 ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court that supported same-sex marriage pointedly drew upon Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws banning interracial marriage in the United States. The American case, the Mexican ruling noted, “was relevant because the historical disadvantages that homosexuals have suffered create an analogy with the discrimination that interracial couples endured in another era.”
 Omar G. EncarnaciónOmar G. Encarnación, a professor of political studies at Bard College, is the author of the recent essay “International Influence, Domestic Activism, and Gay Rights in Argentina.”

January 3, 2014

Gay Community Takes the Fight to the Latin Caribbean and Americas’

That incident was the worst case of anti-gay violence on record on the small Caribbean island, according to Kenita Placide, co-executive director of St. Lucia‘s United and Strong, which works on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Placide said she has received several threats “just because I am an advocate for LGBT rights.” Two men held her up on the steps of a local department store and threatened to kill her if she did not stop advocating for gay rights on television, she said.
In the Caribbean, “the media have played a major role” in the international visibility of the struggle for gay rights in Jamaica, Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. But Placide said the scrutiny in those countries has overshadowed the worsening human-rights conditions in other Caribbean nations.
At a recent meeting at the United Nations to assess progress on LGBTI rights, many people from the Caribbean said the situation remains dire. Gay sexual relations remain illegal in many countries, carrying prison sentences in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The 2010 Dominican Constitution bans same-sex marriage and even same-sex couples from cohabitating. Haiti has no legislation pertaining to gay rights. At least two countries —Belize and Trinidad and Tobago — have immigration laws that ban gay people from entering the country.
In recent years, dozens of hate crimes have been reported in St. Maarten, the Bahamas and other socially conservative Caribbean islands where many gays are not open about their sexuality.
Because of the rise of anti-gay violence in St. Lucia since 2005, Placide said, “We are concerned that we are becoming a little Jamaica.
“Jamaica has had gruesome murders that none of the other Caribbean countries can say they have had,” Placide said. “What’s happening in St. Lucia is that we have the murders, and because the victims were openly gay, we have made a point about it. Whether Jamaica is more out there than other countries, that depends on the media and scholars — it all depends on who places focus on what.”
As the outrage against recent anti-gay rulings in Russia and other countries dominate headlines, human-rights advocates at the U.N. meeting, organized by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), said they’re worried that the high-profile rulings draw too much attention away from worsening condition for gays in many other countries.
“More often than not,” said Placide, “Latin Americans are invited to the table, and when they speak, they do not necessarily represent the reality of the Caribbean. When governments or U.N. agencies speak about working in the Caribbean, more often than not, they went to Belize and Trinidad and Tobago. The smaller islands that are doing as much work and have as many issues as Jamaica are left behind.”
Legal protections for LGBT persons in Latin America vary widely. The Chilean transgender activist Andrés Rivera Duartes said, he doesn’t think his country has made much progress when considered alongside Argentina and Uruguay. Those countries, he said, “not only have gender identity laws but also same-sex marriages.”
In 2012, the Chilean Congress passed anti-discrimination legislation — seven years after it was first introduced. Though the legislation does not specifically mention sexual orientation or gender identity, it outlaws any discrimination that “threatens the legitimate exercise of fundamental rights.”

Chile currently has no legal recognition of same-sex relationships. But it has acknowledged that transgender Chileans have some rights. In 2007, Duarte filed a lawsuit that became a landmark in Chile because it resulted in the first-ever recognition of the rights of transgender persons to legally change their name and sex.
Prompted by the homophobic murder of Chilean youth Daniel Zamudio and a ruling by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against Chile for refusing to legalize gay marriage, Duarte said that “the Chilean government has been forced to make progress” that have “allowed for steps that bring us closer to achieve dignity and respect to transgender and intersex people.”
In Colombia, Wilson Castañeda Castro, an LGBT public policy adviser to the United Nations Development Program, that the fight over marriage equality remains in limbo, as court judges continue to overrule one another over the precise definitions of a “solemn contract” between same-sex couples. In June, Congress failed to pass legislation giving same-sex couples the right to civil marriage.
Castro’s organization, la Corporación Caribe Afirmativo, works in cities along Colombia’s Caribbean coast to advocate for LGBT persons who have been victims of human-rights violations due to police brutality and armed conflict.
Between Feb. 23, 2007 and June 30, 2013, Caribe Afirmative’s new executive report on the state of LGBT rights in the Colombian Caribbean region states that “79 violent deaths of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals in the region; classified in 68 manslaughters, seven suicides and four post-op deaths. Of these cases, 40 were transgender women, 34 were gay men and five lesbian women.”
Although it was difficult to extract stronger commitments from their own country's U.N. representatives or those from the U.S. and Europe, activists said that the face-to-face meetings in New York were instructive.
“I was able to tell the European Union that we, as a civil society, could accompany them in the process of advancing these human-rights issues in Chile, but that we could not do all the work for them alone,” Duarte said. “I hope our meetings made them think about what they are still not doing on transgender and interest issues.”


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January 12, 2012

Gay Vets and Latinos } Don’t Come Back Home With SIDA (AIDS) Vid


"An Honest Conversation" is a video series focusing on LGBTQ issues in the Latino community. It was produced by Cuéntame to create a direct, sober, honest and often painful portrayal of stories from LGBTQ Latino youth, their friends, families and the community in general. From bullying to abuse, struggle to triumph, this ground-breaking series aims to break taboos within the Latino community while changing paradigms within this fast-shifting demographic.
So far we've offered video stories from Giselle and her girlfriend Bianca. This week we focus on Ronnie, who lost his friends, some family, and got kicked out of the Army—all for being gay. Ronnie's story is a journey of self-discovery, painful secrets and bridges cross. After being intimidated, threatened and bullied in the Army, suffering traumatizing experiences and learning painful truths about himself, he now saves lives as a nurse and has finally received an honorable discharge from the army that had once turned on him.
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December 28, 2011

Gay and Immigrante During xmas & New Year

Queer and Immigrant for the Holidays

Being away from family during the holidays like many immigrants this holiday can be really difficult, and for our queer brothers and sisters it can be especially tough with the stigma of being gay in our communities.  This holiday season reach out to the ones around you no matter where they are from or what their sexual orientation is.  We all need love, friends, and family.  Happy holidays to all!
The holidays are meant to be a time of merriment and family, but so can it be disappointing, even depressing, for some.
This time of the year can be especially hard for immigrants who are separated from dear ones overseas. Many seek the company of compatriots to recreate festivities and meals that evoke their countries of origin. Most turn to their ethnic congregations for services consistent with their values and traditions.
Queer immigrants, like any other newcomer, can find the holidays tough. But it can also be doubly hard for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrants, as they feel left out not only by the mainstream but by their own families and ethnic communities, which tend to be conservative and unwelcoming of openly LGBT individuals.
“My blood family and I had a contentious relationship due to my political involvement teemed with my sexuality and gender identity,” said K, who identifies as queer, transgender, and of Philippine descent.
“Due to this, I was kicked out, homeless, and estranged as a young person from my blood family. This has incited displacement, a painful sense of mobility, and an instability that show itself during holiday time.”
Tania, a community organizer at the Immigrant Youth Justice League and coordinator for the LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Project at the Association of Latino Men for Action, says her family has come around. They are more comfortable with her being out, and she is able to bring her partner home for the holidays.
She nonetheless feels a great loss at this time of the year.
Tania is undocumented. Her parents brought their family over from Mexico 18 years ago when she was only 10 years old.
It is important for her to describe herself as without papers. “That’s really an important part of my identity because it’s something that has been true for me for most of my life,” she said. “It’s something that has affected every aspect of how I live.”
“It’s really difficult to listen to people’s plans of traveling at this time to a country where I can’t go even if I wish I could,” she admitted.
She sorely misses her extended family and laments the fading ties.
“I’ve lost touch with my family in Mexico, my cousins, my grandparents,” she said. “When I talk about Christmas and New Years and Three Kings Day as being family time, it really has only been my immediate family, my mom, my sister, my dad, and myself, plus the few friends and chosen family that have also gathered around us, both from the LGBT community and the immigrant undocumented community.”
Many queer immigrants spend the holidays with “chosen families,” usually others who share their gender orientation and identity and their struggles in America.
David, a New York artist, plans on sharing a Christmas meal with other gay immigrants and their partners. Although David’s family has long embraced his being gay, it’s a matter of comfort.
Pia, a student and activist in San Francisco, celebrates the holidays with both her blood and chosen families. She admits, however, that while her extended family does not object to her bringing a partner, she still feels invisible.
“My blood family never talks about my identity and sexuality openly, but they’ve all welcomed my former partners,” she said.
“At the same time, conversations regarding relationships — living together, how the relationship is going, “are you happy?” check-ins, marriage, or in my case, domestic partnership — are never afforded to me the way they are so casually discussed with straight family members and their partners. While there is acceptance, there isn’t a genuine acknowledgement of my identity I feel like — even after they’ve seen me with a former partner for over three years and have considered that person a family member.”
Queer immigrants nonetheless do the best they can to commemorate the holidays.
K puts “great effort in being thankful for my shelter and home, having access to food, the people who love me and the communities who create joy with everyday social change. These activities are embraced with people who are my family in ways that have nothing to do with blood ties.”

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