Real progress for the human condition typically comes through a conflict-resolution process, where the common denominator toward ultimate progress is communication. Using our voice is something cherished by our Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual and Queer community here in El Centro, as evidenced by the start of positive strides we were making by opening doors and increasing awareness within local government agencies about our needs and priorities.

But since the 2016 election, we have felt a shift in the way the local community engages with us.  Where only a few years ago we worked closely with local agencies on education around LGBTQ issues and started to bolster health care and other support services, we now note an apathy if not disdain toward our priorities and less willingness to proactively engage.

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