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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Oregon's Immigrant Rights Organization to Throw Party for LGBT Equality

November 29, 2011
Oregon's Immigrant Rights Organization to Throw Party for LGBT Equality

Salem, Ore.--On December 8th, Causa, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Organization, will host a “Coming Out Party” marking our year of work towards LGBT equality. The event will showcase Causa's LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer) work and highlight the importance of and history behind creating alliances and conversations between the LGBTQ community and the Latino community.

December 8, 2011 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Causa’s Coming Out Party
2001 NW 19th Ave #104
Portland, Oregon

While Causa has always been supportive of LGBTQ issues, in this past year we have been intentional about our work for LGBTQ equality, and are moving this work forward as part of our organizational identity. This is the first time in Causa's history that our organization has hired an organizer to do LGBTQ alliance building work with the Latino community and the only group to organize LGBT Latin@s in the mid-valley.

“Even though we’ve taken action in support of LGBT equality for years, we feel this year was our ‘Coming Out’ year because we started our work for LGBT equality in a more integrated, public way,” says Steinbauer. “The Coming Out Party will be a fun time to celebrate this work and recognize the leadership and contributions of LGBT Latinos and Latinas.”

“Causa was honored to accept this year’s Equality Champion award at Basic Rights Oregon’s (BRO) 2011 Annual Dinner,” said Francisco Lopez, Causa’s Executive Director. “This award along with feedback from our staff and supporters has helped us recognize the many ways our alliance has made us stronger, from joint fundraising to strategizing on legislative and electoral campaigns to mobilizing our bases in support of each other’s issues. We are excited to celebrate our "Coming Out" as an organization, while recognizing the LGBTQ Latino immigrant community.”

Tickets for the event are $15 advance, or $25 at the door. Those interested in purchasing tickets can link here:, visit Causa's website at or contact Causa’s LGBT organizer, Christian Baeff at 503-737-7014 or

For media inquiries, please contact Francisco Lopez, Executive Director of Causa at 503-269-5694 or Erik Sorensen, Communications Director at 503-488-0263


Causa, Oregon's Immigrant Rights Organization, is the largest Hispanic civil and human rights and grassroots advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest. We work to defend and advance immigrant rights through coordination with local, state, and national coalitions and allies. For more information, visit


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