Keynote Speakers

—Bamby Salcedo—
The State of LGBTQ Health: Defining LGBTQ Health With a Spin

Bamby is a national and international transgender Latina Woman who is pursuing a master’s degree in Latino/a Studies. Bamby is the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latinxs in the US. Bamby is currently developing the Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness, a multipurpose, multiservice space for transgender people in Los Angeles.

Bamby’s remarkable and wide-ranging activist work has brought voice and visibility to not only the trans community, but also to the multiple overlapping communities and issues that her life has touched including migration, HIV, youth, LGBT, incarceration and Latin@ communities. Through her instinctive leadership, she has birthed several organizations that created community where there was none, and advocate for the rights, dignity, and humanity for those who have been without a voice. Bamby’s work as a collaborator and a connector through a variety of organizations reflects her skills in crossing various borders and boundaries and working in the intersection of multiple communities as well as the intersections of multiple issues. Bamby has served and participated in many local, national and international organizations and planning groups. This work mediates intersections of race, gender, sexuality, age, social class, HIV+ status, immigration status and more.

Her activist public speaking has ranged from testifying to governmental bodies, human rights and social justice organizations, universities and colleges, demonstrations and rallies, and national and international conferences as featured speaker. Bamby speaks to diverse audiences on many topics and intersecting issues. Bamby has spoken about transgender-related issues, social justice, healthcare, social services, incarceration, immigration and detention as well as professional and economic development for transgender people. Bamby has been invited to participate in several panels at the White House including in 2016 The United State of Woman where she share stage with Vice President Biden at the opening plenary session and in 2015, Transgender Women of Color and Violence and LGBTQ People of Color Summit. Bamby has also participated as the Opening Plenary Speaker at several conferences, including The 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference, The United States Conference on AIDS in 2009 and 2012. She has participated as facilitator with The PanAmerican Health Organization while developing the Blue Print on how to provide competent health care services for transgender people as well as health care for LGBT people and Human Rights in Latin America and The Caribbean.

Her powerful, sobering and inspiring speeches and her warm, down-to-earth presence have provided emotional grounding and perspective for diverse gatherings. She speaks from the heart, as one who has been able to transcend many of her own issues, to truly drop ways of being and coping that no longer served her, issues that have derailed and paralyzed countless lives. Her words and experience evoke both tears and laughter, sobriety and inspiration through the documentary made about her life called TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story. Bamby has been feature in multiple media outlets such as People en Español, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times and 2015 OUT 100 among many other. Bamby has also being recognized for her outstanding work by multiple national and local organizations.

 

—Dr. Jose L. Aguilar, M.D.
Revolutionizing the Queer Community to be Effective Healers in the Face of Adversity 

Dr. Jose L. Aguilar, M.D. is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the UC Riverside School of Medicine as well as an attending psychiatrist for the Riverside University Health System.

Aguilar is a 2007 graduate of UC Riverside, where he earned his B.S. in biochemistry with a minor in Spanish. While at UCR he helped found the UCR Medical Scholars Program and was also a founding member of the UCR Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine.

He earned his M.D. from the David Geffen School of Medicine through the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program and conducted his residency at the UCLA/San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Residency Training Program in North Hills, serving as chief resident of medical student education. Prior to joining UCR he worked as a staff psychiatrist at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.

He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Southern California Psychiatric Society, the American Medical Association, the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the Southern California Lambda Medical Association and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Aguilar’s research interests include academic medicine, analytical psychotherapy, HIV psychiatry, LGBT health issues, medical ethics, psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychosomatic medicine.