allgo will celebrate our 30-year anniversary in 2015. As one of the only QPOC organizations in the country to have survived – and thrived – through these last few tumultuous decades, we are aware of our responsibility to nurture and sustain ourselves and our communities, and to raise our collective voices wisely and powerfully in support of queer people of color and our allies.
A little bit about our history: in 1985, a group of Latina/Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists founded ALLGO: Austin Latina/Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization. Our founders were motivated to address exclusion by, on one side, mainstream gay activists whose agendas ignored farm workers, police brutality, and racism; and on the other side, mainstream Latino activists whose agendas excluded homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny.
In 2005, in recognition of the progression of our mission and programming, we formally changed our name from the acronym ALLGO to the stand-alone brand allgo. As allgo, we honor our organization’s history while embracing our new, broader mission encompassing the entire queer people of color community.