On February 24-25, 2017, the LGBT Latinx Film Festival organized by the Monterey County LGBTQ Collaborative will screen a series of movies that feature lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, including LGBTQ youth, in Latino communities in California and Mexico. The film screenings will take place at Maya Cinema at 153 Main Street in Salinas, and they are free and open to the public. The films are in Spanish and English. The festival explores the themes of love and caring relationships in the context of family, friendship and budding romance.
The Monterey County LGBT Collaborative has been the driving force organizing the festival. The
Collaborative works to raise awareness about the challenges impacting LGBT people and their families, and engages our local health and school systems, legal services and law enforcement, and the broader community, to improve support for LGBT people. Organizations involved in the Collaborative and partnering on related projects include California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., the Monterey County Health Department, Community Human Services, Epicenter’s Our Gente Program for LGBTQIA+ youth, Urban Arts Collaborative – Nature is Art, Art is Healing, Conexiones of Monterey County, and the Psychology Department at Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB), among others. The festival has been made possible through a generous sponsorship by the California Endowment.