WSFA Advisory Council Member, Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera

Woodhull has a wonderful Advisory Council, and many of the members of the Council are engaged in sexual freedom work beyond their contributions to Woodhull.  From time to time something wonderful happens to one of those members and we love being able to celebrate with them.


Today’s celebration is about Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera.

We are delighted and proud to share with you that Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, long-time Woodhull Advisory Council member and sexual freedom advocate, is joining the HRC team full-time as the Director of Latino and Catholic Initiatives for the Religion and Faith Program. She has been working closely with the program for the past two years as the National Coordinator for the A la Familia project and in that role has trained and empowered Latino/as throughout the country around LGBT issues. She envisioned and directed Before God: We Are All Family, a powerful short documentary that she has shared with Latino/a communities across the country (cross your fingers – we’re hoping to share this wonderful short film at the 2014 Sexual Freedom Summit, moderated by Lisbeth herself). In addition to being a powerful training tool, Before God has been recognized at the Reel it OUT Queer Film Festival in Norfolk, Virginia and at the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, France.

As the Director of Latino and Catholic Initiatives, Lisbeth will deepen the already impressive reach of her work with Latino/a communities and will in addition help us to develop and implement Catholic engagement work across the organization.

As a testament to Lisbeth’s longtime work at the intersection of Latino/a and LGBT communities, Lisbeth was recognized with The Legacy Award, presented by the Women of the Latino GLBT History Project in partnership with the DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. The award ceremony was the 3rdannual Mujeres en el Movimiento celebration of “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment”

Congratulations to Lisbeth and her wonderful wife Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz!


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