Join us for Aquí Estamos 2017, the 3rd annual LGBTQ+ people of color conference in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas! Our conference will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at the STC Cooper Center in McAllen, Texas. This conference is FREE for LGBTQ+ people of color and allies to attend.

Together, we will explore our theme of “Violence By Policy.” In the past year, we have seen serious legal and socioeconomic challenges against our communities. During our two-day conference, we will discuss the moment we’re in, where we can go from here, and how we can move forward and WIN.


Schedule overview


What awesome people are saying about us


[Aquí Estamos] is an initiative that is changing the world.Nat. Brut
Aquí Estamos is doing just what I think the Valley needs — its own people empowering their own community. Yvonne, senior editor at Autostraddle
[A] fantastic new group focused on LGBTQ issues in South Texas… Josué Ramírez, Texas Housers Rio Grande Valley policy analyst
What an exciting time to see young adults much like yourselves working hard to make a difference in the RGV!Maricela Ponce, life coach & activist

Children’s Program Available

A free children’s program will be available for the entire duration of the conference. The program will be led by BESO and will include meals and snacks. Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) was created in 1990 with a vision to help make a positive impact on surrounding communities and schools throughout the Rio Grande Valley. BESO has evolved and is now open to students, staff, faculty, and the rest of the community. BESO advocates for bilingualism and biculturalism throughout the community. Most members are majoring in education and we look forward to being future teachers and teach them the importance of bilingualism.

Our conference registration form includes a section about participating in the children’s program. To fill out the form, click here. For any questions, email


Your donation makes a big impact.

Our conference is one of the few FREE LGBTQIA+ conferences in the U.S. We also provide free transportation for people in the Rio Grande Valley to attend, food and drinks, and all accessibility requests. One hundred percent of all donations go toward organizing the conference and events leading up to it.