Andres Magana

  • published Pride Chat Series 2022 in EVENTS 2022-05-25 13:34:15 -0700

    Pride Chat Series 2022


    As part of Pride Month, The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) team is hosting its 3rd Annual Pride Chat Series— an exciting lineup of pride themed events happening throughout the month of June! The virtual series includes free community events showcasing the best of our LGBTQ culture, lifestyle, and history. Be sure to join us for the chance to connect, reflect, and enjoy the pride of being part of our colorful LGBTQ community. Registration is required, click below to rsvp.



    El Amor es Neutral y Tiene Mil Colores

    El universo es diverso y se manifiesta de muchas formas. The Wall Las Memorias te invita a un taller vivencial para honrar y reconocer las distintas formas en que el amor se expresa. Evento en persona.

    Click here to register!


    She Her Hers

    Trans Pride Glam 101

    The She Her Hers support group is hosting a Trans Pride Glam 101 with special guests Rouge and Jennifer Bianchi. Participants are invited to participate in this hands-on tutorial on everything you'll need to look glamorous this Pride season!

    Click here to register!


    Men's Talk

    Lights On: A Look into Queer Night Life

    We're turning the lights on and pulling back the curtain on queer night life at this special Pride Chat Series Men's Talk meeting! Participants will get the chance to listen to stories of the past and hear about the night life that defined the gay community!

    Click here to register!


    Beyond Safe Spaces

    A New "Happily Ever After": Exploring Queer Characters in Modern Media

    Join the Beyond Safe Spaces team and the LGBTQI2-S youth community for a virtual workshop exploring queer and trans representation in modern media.

    Click here to register!


    POZ Power

    Legacy & History of Pride

    POZ Power hosts a special edition Pride Month workshop as we reflect on those who came before us to create safe spaces, encouraging a new generation to live comfortably in our own skin and free of insecurities.

    Click here to register!


    Rise Up & Act - Youth for Change

    Queer Friends Mixer

    A new queer platonic social meetup for LGBTQIA2S youth in Los Angeles. Meet new friends, focus on building community, and share life experiences!

    Click here to register!


  • published PRIDE CHAT SERIES 2022 in Upcoming Events 2022-06-10 14:08:17 -0700

    Pride Chat Series 2022


    As part of Pride Month, The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) team is hosting its 3rd Annual Pride Chat Series— an exciting lineup of pride themed events happening throughout the month of June! Learn more, click here.

    June 30, 2022 at 12:00am
  • published BH Grand Opening in EVENTS 2022-05-13 14:15:50 -0700


    Join The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) for the Grand Opening of our Boyle Heights HUB!


    Join The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) for an evening of community fun as we celebrate our new community space in the heart of Boyle Heights and get the chance to meet our friendly staff, tour our new home, and learn all about our programs and services


    The TWLM Boyle Heights HUB - located at 2020 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033 - will be home to 15 team members and will allow us to continue providing free HIV testing and counseling, substance use and meth prevention, and mental health supportive services to community members county wide!


    Event Details



    Networking & Office Tours

    Photo Booth, Music, Food, & Drinks


    TWLM Executive Director Welcome


    Presentations by Elected Officials

    Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Welcomes TWLM

    Special Announcement

    Closing Remarks


    Register Here!


    This is a hybrid indoor and outdoor in-person event. All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination or present a recent negative test result within 72 hours upon entry. Masks will be required inside the facility during tours.


    Sponsored By




  • published Memo on Ukraine Invasion in TWLM in the News 2022-02-28 15:30:48 -0800

    TWLM Stands with Ukraine



    The world is much more dangerous today.

    Russia has invaded Ukraine and has violated international order. An attack against innocent people is an attack against each of us.

    The Russian leader needs to be held accountable for his actions. No dictator should have the right to enter another country to kill them or to control their freedoms.

    As the world watches in shock in the developments on television, we invite you to join the membership of The Wall Las Memorias in praying for the people of Ukraine and the leaders of the free world to work for peace and resolve.

    In addition to prayer, you can also make donations to the many charities of Ukraine to help support the people in need.

    Let us send our love, support and prayer as we stand with Ukraine.



    Richard Zaldivar

    TWLM Executive Director


  • published AIDS United Awards TWLM in TWLM in the News 2021-10-15 17:14:33 -0700

    AIDS United Awards $100,000 to Support Leadership Development for Hispanic/Latinx People Living with HIV



    AIDS United has awarded grants totaling $100,000 to five community-based organizations, including The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM), to help end HIV stigma and discrimination while building leadership among Hispanic/Latinx people living with HIV in a new pilot initiative. Please click here to read the full article.


  • published Making Waves in TWLM in the News 2021-09-27 10:37:41 -0700

    Making Waves: Hispanic Heritage Month


    In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, 94.7 The Wave is recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of four members of the Hispanic community who have made a difference as part of their “Making Waves” campaign. Our Founder and Executive Director, Richard Zaldivar, was selected as one of this year’s honorees highlighting all that he has done to help the community through his work, philanthropy, and community outreach. We are thrilled about this and are excited to share the interview. Please click here to hear the full interview.

  • published TWLM in the News 2021-09-22 07:35:07 -0700
  • LA Football Club Honors TWLM with Community Spotlight at Pride Celebration

    The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) will recognize The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) as their Community Spotlight on Saturday, July 17th, during their game against Real Salt Lake.

    For more than 26 years, The Wall Las Memories has worked tirelessly to serve as a community health and wellness organization for Latino, LGBTQ and other under-served populations through advocacy, education and building the next generation of leadership. “It is an incredible honor for us to be recognized for our work by the Los Angeles Football Club,,” says Richard Zaldivar, founder and executive director of TWLM, “The support from LAFC and their fans is a wonderful way for us to reach a wider audience and help even more community members. We look forward to Saturday’s event as well as continuing to foster our relationship with LAFC and its fans.”

  • published Let's Talk About HPV Series 2021 in EVENTS 2021-07-07 12:25:16 -0700

    As part of our HPV community advocacy efforts, The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) team is hosting a new workshop series called Let's Talk About...HPV— an exciting lineup of conversations happening throughout the month of July! The virtual series includes free community events exploring HPV awareness and prevention. Be sure to join us for the chance to get informed, engage, and learn about HPV and supportive resources. Registration is required, click below to rsvp.


    Men's Group

    TUESDAY, 7/13 at 7:30 PM (PT)


    The Men’s Group support group will host a discussion on facts and resources surrounding HPV and HPV vaccinations! Join in as we discuss common misconceptions, learn about available services, and talk about how the HPV vaccine can positively impacted the lives and health of queer men.

    Click here to register.





    Beyond Safe Spaces

    TUESDAY, 7/20 at 3:30 PM (PT)


    Beyond Safe Spaces support group is a space for transitional age youth (TAY) to receive opportunities for leadership, support, training and skills necessary to develop their voice and perspective to local policy. We'll be exploring the impact of HPV in marginalized communities in this special themed July meeting-- don't miss out!

    Click here to register.





    Rise Up & Act

    THURSDAY, 7/22 at 5:00 PM (PT)


    Rise Up & Act hosts a special edition HPV workshop exploring the impact of HPV in younger populations. Join us as we learn important information on HPV and reflect on how we can ensure that our marginalized communities are kept safe and healthy.

    Click here to register.






    Men's Talk

    TUESDAY, 7/27 at 6:00 PM (PT)


    Our peer-led community support group provides space for men who identify as gay, bisexual, queer, or questioning for the purpose of building brotherhood, creating change, and nourishing leadership. During the "Let's Talk About...HPV" chat series, the group will explore the impact of HPV and the importance of getting vaccinated in the queer POC community. 

    Click here to register.





    She Her Hers

    WEDNESDAY, 7/28 at 6:00 PM (PT)


    During weekly meetings, transgender women of color come together to support each other with a compassionate safe space for growth and leadership development at the She Her Hers support group. Be sure to join us for this engaging community conversation on HPV and its impact on the trans community!

    Click here to register. 





    Enby Entities

    THURSDAY, 7/29 at 6:00 PM (PT)


    This peer-led community support group provides space for individuals who identify as nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and questioning for the purpose of building community, creating change, and nourishing leadership. Join us in July as Enby Entities hosts a thoughtful conversation on HVP!

    Click here to register.



  • published Pride Chat Series 2021 in TWLM in the News 2021-05-26 17:26:20 -0700

    TWLM's Pride Chat Series 2021




    The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) team invites you to this year's Pride Chat Series happening throughout the month of June! Join the team as we hold space for our colorful LGBTQ community in celebration of Pride Month. 

    Look out for our special Pride Chat Series logo on various events throughout the month to learn about fun & educational Pride themed events! To see the full lineup, click here.


  • published Pride Chat Series 2021 in EVENTS 2021-05-24 11:55:16 -0700


    As part of Pride Month, The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) team is hosting its 2nd Annual Pride Chat Series— an exciting lineup of pride themed events happening throughout the month of June! The virtual series includes free community events showcasing the best of our LGBTQ culture, lifestyle, and history. Be sure to join us for the chance to connect, reflect, and enjoy the pride of being part of our colorful LGBTQ community. Registration is required, click below to rsvp.


    Men's Talk

    Trivia Night: Name that Queer Cult Classic


    The Men’s Talk support group will host a discussion on popular queer cult classic films in celebration of Pride Month! Join in as we discuss queer cinema, play trivia with movie clips, and talk about how these films have impacted the lives and culture of queer men.





    Enby Entities

    Pride Movie Party & Virtual Potluck (Screening: Legendary)


    Join Enby Entities and our non-binary community for a virtual movie night featuring a special screening of “Legendary,” the HBO series that “lifts the veil off the underground ballroom culture,” and the stories of Black and Latino LGBTQ youth that made it what it is.





    Beyond Safe Spaces

    Queer Poetry Slam


    In this Pride Month Queer Poetry Slam participants will get the chance to listen to the voices of young queer folks who are shaping our community. All poets, creative writers, singers, and artists are welcomed— it is your time to share your artistic voice amongst our queer community! Come for the poetry and you may leave with a raffled poetry book!





    Men's Group

    TWLM Men’s Group Presents: Handsome (The Web Series)


    The Men’s Group invites you to the first virtual audience screening of “Handsome,” an original 6-episode queer web series about a gay man in his early 30’s coming out of a 10-year relationship who now has to navigate a dating scene he knows nothing about. Be sure to stay after the screening for a special Q&A with the creator and director of the series, Devon O’Kane! Running time: 25 mins (2-6 minutes per episode). Click here to watch the trailer.





    Rise Up & Act

    Hot Queer Summer: Living in Our Fierce Truth


    Rise Up & Act hosts a special edition Pride Month workshop exploring inspiring queer and trans icons in popular culture. Join us as we’ll recollect and reflect on those who came before us to create space and encouraged a new generation to live comfortably in our own skin and free of insecurities.





    She Her Hers

    Trans Pride Prom: The Re-Do


    The TWLM She Her Hers support group is hosting its first Trans Pride Prom. Guests are invited to dress up and bask in the nostalgia of high school prom…this time as their true authentic selves! Get ready for a night of music, community, and you might even be crowned as part of the She Her Hers Royal Court! To register for the event, click here.


  • published TWLM In The News 4_13_21 in TWLM in the News 2021-04-13 11:04:51 -0700

    As Trial Unfolds in Death of George Floyd, Faith Leaders Join Police in Urging Calm in Los Angeles



    [The Wall Las Memorias Project] Founder Richard Zaldivar said at the news conference they believe it is possible to advance social justice without resorting to violence or destruction. Zaldival cited the historic examples of Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mother Teresa and others.

    “We can change our community. We can speak up with respect. But we ask no violence,” Zaldivar said.


    Read the full story in the Los Angeles Daily News (click here).

  • published Statement on Stop AAPI Hate in TWLM in the News 2021-03-19 14:47:21 -0700

    Statement on Stop AAPI Hate


    For too long the Asian American and Pacific Islander community has experienced prejudice in our nation. That prejudice and hatred has been increased by the former presidential administration by calling them names and making them responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Today we see increases of attacks, hatred, verbal violence, white supremacy and bigotry against that community in Los Angeles, San Francisco and throughout our nation. Those attacks reflect the smallness of the human capacity to accept all humanity as God’s children and it must stop. 

    We must stop the ignorance. We must stop the hate. We must educate our community about the uniqueness of our different cultures. We must all come together to hold those accountable for the destruction of body and soul.

    The members and supporters of The Wall Las Memorias say NO to hate! We stand with our brothers and sisters from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to support them during these difficult and challenging times.

    We are ready to walk with you side by side to fight this hate.

    Together we will overcome.


    Statement by The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM)

  • Statement on US Citizenship Act of 2021

    Yesterday, Thursday, February 18, 2021, Rep. Linda Sanchez of California and Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, which if passed, would provide an eight-year citizenship path to over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

    In response, President Joe Biden reiterated that the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 is part of his administration’s commitment to modernize the current flawed immigration system and provide a clear roadmap to citizenship for undocumented individuals. The proposed bill will not only, “restore humanity and American values to our immigration system,” but also “[provide] hardworking people who enrich our communities every day and who have lived here for years, in some cases for decades, an opportunity to earn citizenship,” according to the Biden Administration.

    “The bill will stimulate our economy while ensuring that every worker is protected. The bill creates an earned path of citizenship for our immigrant neighbors, colleagues, parishioners, community leaders, friends, and loved ones – including Dreamers and the essential workers who have risked their lives to serve and protect American communities,” as noted on The White House official website.  

    “We applaud the action of congress members Representative Linda Sanchez and Senator Bob Menendez for their vision in bringing justice to the American dream for so many of our brothers and sisters,” said Richard Zaldivar, executive director of The Wall Las Memorias. “This legislation will help our country heal from the suffering of the past and help provide clarity to live the American dream.”

    Under the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, modernization of the current U.S. Immigration System would include clearer pathways to citizenship and strengthened labor protections, prioritization of smarter border controls, and addressing root causes of migration.


    Statement by The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM)

  • published Protect LA...Vaccinate! in COMMUNITY HEALTH 2021-01-14 14:15:26 -0800

    Protect LA...Vaccinate!

    The Wall Las Memorias' (TWLM) Protect LA...Vaccinate! campaign is part of a county-wide effort to stop COVID-19 from further impacting our most vulnerable communities. Our educational and grassroots campaign provides the most current information on COVID-19 from the Public Health Department, and offers systems navigation in order to build community capacity for health and wellness during this pandemic.

    Protect LA...Vaccinate! welcomes all community partners to participate in this prevention campaign! In an effort to be inclusive of all community members, we welcome all types of community-based organizations, faith institutions, education groups and academia, businesses, neighborhood councils, law enforcement groups, unions and labor groups to get involved in our efforts to keep our communities safe and healthy.

    Community members can benefit from vaccination opportunitiesCOVID-19 educational trainings, and linkage to TWLM's menu of services including mental health services, substance abuse prevention, HIV testing, counseling services, and more. All program services can be provided with Spanish translation upon request.



    >> Community Partners Sign-Up Form (click here)



    >> COVID-19 Resources - TWLM is hard at work to keep our community members safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to find a list of accurate, up to date, local resources and services to help. For assistance navigating through these resources, call (323) 257-1056 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

    >> Protect LA...Vaccinate! Overview (click here) en Español (haga clic aquí)



    >> COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-Up - May 4th and 5th - Join the TWLM team for a free vaccination event in Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, offering vaccines and boosters. We'll be sharing important tips on how to keep safe and healthy through the COVID-19 epidemic. Los participantes que hablan español son bienvenidos!



    Angie Jimenez - [email protected]

    Mari Mercado - [email protected]


  • Statement on Pope Francis Acknowledgement on Gay Civil Unions

    On behalf of so many LGBTQ members of the Roman Catholic community, we welcome the statement by Pope Francis on the acknowledgment and acceptance of gay civil unions.

    As a Catholic gay community leader, my fiancé and I attend our local parish church on a weekly basis. You can usually find us at 10:00 a.m. mass every Sunday sitting in the front row on the side of the altar. We sit there purposely.

    For too long we would sit in the rear of a church for fear of rejection as a gay couple. We quickly understood the importance of challenging that fear and took ownership of our place in our church. This simple act, albeit intentionally personal, went on to show to others that each of us should be proud of our love and devotion to God. It is just to believe that everyone is deserving of sitting in the front row.

    Today, we are often stopped by parishioners asking for our assistance to help host discussions with family members so they can become more accepting of their gay children. We see too often that families are torn apart because the authenticity of their child is often questioned. In having these discussions, so many members of our community can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Since the beginning, we have heard statements from clergy condemning homosexuality as sinful and intrinsically evil. In our Latino community, many still believe that whatever the local priest says is the literal word of God. Today, we have hope. We have a compassionate and loving Pope Francis who is leading the church through difficult times to bring healing to the many who have been disregarded by church leaders as sinners. Pope Francis truly cares about humanity and the sanctity of our spirit.

    We know that the conservative and fringe groups of the Catholic Church will disagree with our Pope and possibly attack him for it. Let it be clear, we are here to defend him. It is important that we come out to families and our parish priests, educating them about who we are. For you see, we are the church.

    As LGBTQ Catholics, we pray for continued strength for our Pope Francis to continue to lead our church through these challenging times. And as soon as we are able to attend service in person, we invite you to join us in the front row where we all belong.


    Statement by Richard L. Zaldivar, Executive Director / Founder

  • published GET TO ZERO LA 2020-09-28 12:41:19 -0700

    Get to Zero LA

    With the real possibility of eliminating HIV in the United States, community-based organizations like The Wall Las Memorias are hard at work making the national slogan of "Getting to Zero and Staying at Zero" a reality. Under the current administration's Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) campaign, the ambitious plan outlines its strategy to end HIV using both biomedical prevention tools as well as by tackling the pervasive social barriers that create challenges in the delivery of prevention services. Making widespread prevention tools like PrEP and HIV testing available to vulnerable populations will increase the reach of advocacy efforts and help sustain healthy habits of community members over the long term.

    Locally, Get to Zero LA is The Wall Las Memorias' innovative approach to confronting these barriers and achieving zero new HIV infections in Los Angeles County. Our campaign begins with making it easy for people at high risk of infection-- gay/queer men, transgender persons, cis-gender women of color, and people who may use substances-- to access testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Get to Zero LA HIV testing services are conducted by peer community health specialists that reflects the diversity of this population. Services are provided in a manner that are culturally appropriate and free of cost for all members of the community. 



    >> HIV Testing & Counseling - TWLM continues to provide HIV prevention services to the general public under our culturally competent HIV testing and counseling services. HIV testing is conducted by peer community health specialists and are free of cost for all members of the community at both of our DTLA and Boyle Heights locations.

    >> HIV Testing "Afterhours" - TWLM is providing free rapid HIV testing and counseling services at your convince through our new HIV Testing "Afterhours" on Thursdays from 5-8 pm at our Boyle Heights HUB. HIV testing is conducted by peer community health specialists and are free of cost for all members of the community. Incentives are available too! Appointments available through the "Schedule An HIV Test" button above. Walk-ins also welcomed. Learn more.




    TWLM offers free HIV testing by appointment or by walk-ins Mondays - Fridays from 9am - 5pm. To make your appointment with one of our friendly HIV testing counselors click on "Schedule An HIV Test" above or email [email protected] for an at-home HIV testing kit (delivered free of charge).



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    2020 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

  • published TWLMP in the News 8_3_2020 in TWLM in the News 2020-08-04 09:41:33 -0700

    Prevention Experts, Community, Sound Alarm on LA’s Meth Crisis

    "More than 130 health and addiction experts, policy makers, and members of the LGBTQ community in Southern California joined the Zoom meeting to discuss the extent of the meth problem in Los Angeles..."

    Read the full story in The Body (click here).


  • published TWLM in the news 7_23_2020 in TWLM in the News 2020-07-23 15:15:01 -0700

    Meth Epidemic Getting Worse; Researchers, Community Respond

    "Some public health officials are looking through the intersectional lens of HIV/AIDS, STDs, mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention, however. And on July 21, Richard Zaldivar, founder and executive director of The Wall Las Memorias, a non-profit LGBTQ Latino-focused community health and wellness organization, brought a number of those top professionals together for the Act Now Against Meth virtual roundtable."

    Read the full story in the LA Blade (click here). 

  • published ACT NOW AGAINST METH 2020-07-09 09:44:56 -0700

    Act Now Against Meth

    In 2020, The Wall Las Memorias (TWLM) launched the Act Now Against Meth campaign to meet the dire need to confront the methamphetamine epidemic in Los Angeles County. TWLM, along with the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS), organized community partners, service providers, researchers and policy advocates to raise awareness and develop recommendations for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) officials to better address meth use in the county. The Act Now Against Meth mission is to build a countywide community coalition to work in partnership with Los Angeles County to end meth use and its negative impact on our communities.




    >> Act Now Against Meth Platform Press Conference - 3/21 at 10 AM (PT) at Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration and streaming live via Zoom and FacebookLive - Register here for Zoom Access




    >> The Los Angeles County Platform Addressing the Meth Epidemic 2022 - Click Here to Download

    >> March 2022 ANAM Press Conference - Click Here to View Video

    >> ANAM Press Conference Official Press Release - Click Here to Download

    >> ANAM Press Conference (Photos) - Click Here to View Photos




    >> Methamphetamine Use and HIV in MSM in LA: Biology and Behavior by Steve Shoptaw, PhD

    >> Methamphetamine in Los Angeles County by Gary Tsai, MD

    >> Methamphetamine: Updates (March 23, 2021) by Steve Shoptaw, PhD

    >> Intersection of Meth and Key HIV & Syphilis Indicators by Mario J. Perez, MPH


    For more information, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] or calling (323) 257-1056.


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