Join us for the 2nd annual queer people of color conference in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas! Our conference will take place on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 at the STC Cooper Center in McAllen, Texas. Together, we will explore three different tracks that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual community living in our borderland: Health & Wellness, Ending Racism, and Economic Justice. Our annual conference is one of the few FREE LGBTQIA+ and queer people of color conferences in the U.S., and it is the first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley.


Presenting our keynotes

Isa Noyola, trans latina activist

Isa Noyola

Trans latina activist, leading national LGBTQ and immigrants rights organizer, and Director of Programs at Transgender Law Center


Joaquin Carcaño

Trans latino activist, lead plaintiff in Carcaño v McCrory against the state of North Carolina regarding House Bill 2, and Rio Grande Valley native


Adrian Castellanos

Intersectional HIV activist, blogger at AdrianPlus, and Rio Grande Valley native

Dates you should know

June 1

Workshop Proposals!
Submit your workshop proposal to present at Aquí Estamos 2016! Deadline to apply is June 1. To submit, click here.

July 10 (Extended!)

Save your seat!
Register to attend Aquí Estamos 2016! Admission is free for all! Extended registration ends July 10th. Click here to register now! 

August 12 & 13

It’s conference time! We’ll see you at the STC Cooper Center in McAllen, Texas on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13.

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

(Some of) Our close friends

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Want to join the list? Consider volunteering, tabling during our conference, or making a donation.

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 surrouding 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.