This new program promotes the health and wellbeing of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans-gender individuals (lgbt); as well as those living with HIV/AIDS. Colectivo 41 offers counseling directly to youth, their families and friends through: support, education and advocacy. Their purpose is to educate the public in general, fight against discrimination and guarantee equality of human rights.
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Using a peer education model, the program offers workshops on the following issues: LGBTI 101, safe sex, teen dating violence, bullying, and healthy communication and relationships.
Using a peer education model, the team offers workshops on the following issues: HIV 101, safe sex, mixed HIV status couples, etc. The program offers access to free, rapid HIV testing.
Achievements to Date
- Colectivo 41 was part of the National Network of LGBTIQ Young Activist of Mexico and of the Youth Coalition for Education and Sexual Health.
- Did the First LGBTIQ Forum of San Miguel de Allende in the large installations of the town’s Public Library.
- Did the first flashmob for a “San Migay More Inclusive Than Ever” in front of the Parroquia of San Miguel de Allende.
- Did the project #YOSOYLACLAVE in cooperation with the CENSIDA: a group of health agents was formed, who met with the LGBT community to talk about the use of condoms, a quick test for HIV and STDs prevention methods, in particulary HIV.
- Within the #YOSOYLACLAVE program, 219 test were done to the M2M population (men who have sex with other men) of Guanajuato; in total, C41 did 500 quick HIV tests in 2014, in towns such as Celaya, Dolores Hidalgo, Comonfort, San José de Iturbide, Irapuato, and San Miguel de Allende (Plaza Civica, Avenida Guadalupe, the Allende University, Universidad Patria, La Cucaracha bar, Bar La Mala, Bar El Corsario, Cantina Corona Bar, Limerick Pub, and within the Colectivo 41.
- Did 2 workshops about sexual health for both lesbian and bisexual women for their community in San Miguel de Allende and for the staff of CAISES SMA, General Hospital, CAISES in other 5 towns in Guanajuato, IMSS and the II Health Jurisdiction.
- Organized the march for the Trans memory, where there were participants from Dolores Hidalgo in a march to underscore the absence of the state, interest and commitment to prosecute the 31 hate crimes occurred in Mexico in 2014.
- Did a workshop together with CAPASITs to send a solidarity message to people recently diagnosed with HIV.
- Participated to the First Forum “My Rights, My decisions” by doing a workshop about “Sexual Diversity”.
Dreams for 2015
- Accomplish to have a discussion group with at least 20 people to discuss and analyze the issues it faces.
- Perform 1000 quick HIV tests, accompanied by an advisor specialized in giving information about HIV, AIDS, and their consequences.
- Carry out 3 new public informative campaigns to raise awareness about HIV and the LGBT community