Gaby Garcia-Vera Named Field Director
(June 2, 2021, Washington, D.C.) Long-time organizer and facilitator Gaby Garcia-Vera has been named the new Field Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, effective June 1, 2021. Garcia-Vera comes to the Task Force with 16 years of organizing experience and a passion for intersectional social justice movements and activism, with a particular focus and experience in reproductive justice. Garcia-Vera’s years of experience working in the field and passion for an intersectional approach to LGBTQ liberation makes Garcia-Vera a much welcomed addition to the Task Force.
Garcia-Vera has previously served as a Senior Advisor to Consult Catalina, as well as Catholics for Choice, where Garcia-Vera was the States Program Manager, working on reproductive health within Catholic communities. As a 2021 Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Fellow with Rockwood Leadership Institute, Garcia-Vera comes to the Task Force with great care for reproductive justice, informing their work on racial equity with a pro-Black lens, immigrant rights, and LGBTQ liberation.
Gaby Garcia-Vera: “I am overjoyed and honored to join the team at The National LGBTQ Task Force, an organization that has helped shape, define, and inform my own understanding of politics, power and sexual & reproductive liberation for over a decade. As a young, Queer, Latinx, Catholic growing up between Puerto Rico and Miami it felt hard to see myself in the world. We are all someone’s ancestor and we can all build on the foundation laid for our community’s liberation. I extend an invitation to those of you out there seeking to build communities where “you can be you” in your fullest self. Join us in building a a political home for Queer Democracy where political change isn’t just simply an idea but a reality.”
Queer, Latinx and Puerto Rican, Garcia-Vera’s work is centered in the many ways in which LGBTQ Liberation depends on liberation for all. Garcia-Vera has spent nearly 10 years on the leadership team at Union=Fuerza Latinx Institute at the Creating Change Conference. Garcia-Vera is also an abortion doula through Ancient Song Doula Services, a former member of the Trevor Project’s National Youth Advisory Council, and an experienced leader of multilingual outreach work.
Garcia-Vera’s appointment to Field Director is another recent addition to the leadership at the National LGBTQ Task Force and the organization is thrilled to welcome Garcia-Vera to the team at an exciting moment for the future of LGBTQ justice.
Andy Garcia, Director of Advocacy and Action: “I am thrilled to welcome Gaby to the Advocacy and Action Department as Field Director. Gaby is not new to the Task Force or our work, having partnered with the Creating Change Conference for nearly a decade as a presenter, facilitator, and co-chair of the Unión=Fuerza Latinx Institute. Gaby’s impressive organizing history in LGBTQ, reproductive, racial, and language justice movements makes them an amazing addition to the Task Force. Gaby embodies the Task Force’s mission and values and they are perfectly suited for this role during this historic moment in the movement for LGBTQ freedom, justice, equity, and liberation.”