LGBTQ activists plan Tuesday to call for school and community programs that promote mental health and family acceptance in Latino communities in connection with Harvey Milk Day.

“With the gun violence across the nation becoming the norm, it is critical that elected officials and community leaders help ensure school safety through accessible wellness services in neighborhoods and at schools that address youth health and mental health,” said Juan Castillo-Alvarado, director of public education programs for the Latino Equality Alliance, an LGBTQ advocacy organization working to increase support for Latino LGBT people and issues in the Latino and LGBT communities.

The alliance is part of the USC Good Neighbor program, which seeks to establish LGBTQ programming in high schools adjacent to the LAC+USC Medical Center.

Then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill in 2009 providing that the governor proclaim May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day, coinciding with the anniversary of the birth of the slain San Francisco supervisor, the third openly gay elected official in the nation and the first in California.

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