Sharing successes with Spanish NGOs

by Matt Landers, Public Policy Manager
| Apr 09, 2019

Spain IVLP VisitorsContinuing a longstanding partnership with the World Affairs Council of Seattle and the International Visitors Leadership Program through the U.S. Department of State, GSBA hosted a group of five Spanish LGBTQ nonprofit leaders to share our experiences. GSBA shared our history as a business organization focused on business, community, advocacy, and philanthropy and the evolution of our chamber and the GSBA Scholarship Fund. Our guests shared their work from around Spain, and we had discussions about building philanthropy among the business community and how to strengthen community organizations. And, of course, community arguments about Pride are universal!

Our visitors included:

Alega (Kiara Brambilla Domínguez, President)
The Association of Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals, and Bisexuals of Cantabria works to fight for and secure rights for the LGBTQ community in the northern Spanish autonomous community of Cantabria.

Extremadura Entiende (Sisi Cáceres Rojo, President)
This lay, nonpartisan, feminist organization in the region of Extremadura is an association of lesbians, bisexual women, and trans people. They were created to give visibility and give voice to women, largely silenced and systematically ignored in their culture. They have a particular focus on sharing the experiences of both rural and urban women.

FELGTB - State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans, and Bisexuals (Jenifer Rebollo, Manager)
FELGTB is an organization that coordinates and connects the LGBTQ movement in Spain. It is a project of more than 54 LGBTQ associations of all types. The three pillars of FELGTB include the demand for legal equality and social respect for sexual diversity, raise awareness and be visible in the community (including Pride celebrations), and training activists in member associations.

Amlega (Rafael Robles Reina, President)
The LGBTQ association of Melilla, a small Spanish enclave on the north coast of Africa, works to bring together their community. They host Orgullo del Norte de Africa, the only Pride celebration in North Africa.

Lambda Valencia (Marina Valiente Fernández, Manager)
Based in the Valencian Community, Lambda fights against discrimination and social marginalization of LGBTQ people and fights for legal equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender expression. They aim to development within the LGBTQ community social participation, an inclusive culture, and community health.