FORT LAUDERDALE/ WILTON MANORS, FL - At the first South Florida Latino Press Awards held at Club Azucar in Miami, the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of South Florida (GLCC) received honors from Latino Boys Magazine for its Outstanding Service to the Latin Community. The other nominees for this award were COMPASS, Michael Gongora (Miami Beach Commissioner), Mike Cruz (Pride South Florida) and the Switchboard of Miami.
“We focus on the Latino gay community as a whole, aiming to increase awareness and offer compassionate, culturally sensitive resources to address multiple issues including; sexuality, immigration, substance abuse, domestic violence and HIV. We will continue to be at the forefront of programming and services, helping to shape a better future for the gay Latino community,” said Jorge Gardela, GLCC’s Health and Community Services Manager. Jorge, pictured, is also the chair of the State of Florida Department of Health’s Broward Hispanic HIV Prevention Committee
The GLCC’s GALANES Program (GAy LAtino No Estas Solo), has provided outreach and direct services to over five thousand Latinos and is an important part of the overall strategy to fight HIV and AIDS in South Florida’s Latino community. The program has been instrumental in assisting individuals at high risk for HIV to access counseling and testing, social support, partner counseling and referral services—as well as providing culturally sensitive marketing to the Latino community. The website (www.GLCCSF.org/GALANES.htm) provides a useful connection to information and services. With over 24,000 hits per month, the GALANES website is a popular resource providing bilingual (English/Spanish) education, information, referrals and increased awareness about HIV and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases).
The GLCC also reaches out to the community through its Internet based outreach programs for individuals who do not receive prevention messages through traditional channels. Secondary prevention services focus on helping HIV+ participants develop decision-making and problem-solving skills to help with disclosure and health promoting behaviors.
To participate in programs at the GLCC or to help us continue to provide these valuable services, please stop by or visit our website at www.glccsf.org.