about the encuentro

Encuentro 2022 is a three-day convening of LGBTQ Latinx Southerners and allies to improve the healthcare capacity and build bridges between emerging multi-racial and multi-lingual Southern Latinx communities and their kindred. 

This year, we will be convening in person and we're proud to invite you to our celebration of Latinos in the South 15 year anniversary.  We invite you to join us in our festivities as we spotlight the work in AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and TX while centering our wellness. 

Our convening will feature panel presentations, workshops, and keynote speakers that will focus on wellness in the Latinx community as part of our linguistic, sexual, and financial health.


The Encuentro would not be possible without the support from our corporate and community sponsors. Sponsors help us create spaces for mobilization, capacity building, and co-learning for Latinx LGBTQ individuals and allies from across the South. 


We expect Latinx LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies from across the Southeast to strategize and envision new possibilities for the South. Our Encuentro is focused on strengthening the work and skills of attendees but it is also a celebration of the resiliency and determination of our communities. 

accommodations + convening

Our convening will take place at the 21C Hotel in Durham, NC:

111 North Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701

durham pride

We hope you can stay and march with us at Durham Pride on Sept 24 

agenda & program

Click here to view our convening agenda

Click here to view our detailed program


 Our ENCUENTRO 2022 team recognizes that the health of our communities depends on centering the most afflicted and affected among us. We are committed to doing what we can to ensure the most accessible experience for all. 

scholarships + support

Support for the Encuentro is available for Latinx individuals in the South interested in attending. Special priority will be given to people of color living with HIV in the South, Latino Commission on AIDS leadership institutes participants and Southern LGBTQ individuals. We will also give priority to participants that can attend for the entirety of the Encuentro. 

Recipients may receive one, all, or a combination of the following: 

Deadline to submit the scholarship application:  August 9, 2022, at 11:59 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Carlos Fernandez at cfernandez@latinoaids.org

language justice

This year, we will continue to ensure that all our sessions are available with English and Spanish interpretation. We are excited to partner with tilde Language Justice Cooperative. We look forward to building our capacity to offer language services in languages beyond English and Spanish such as ASL, Arabic, Portuguese, and others.

gender neutral restrooms

After the passage of HB2, the  21C Museum Hotel in Durham released the following statement in support of LGBTQIA+ communities: 

It is demoralizing that sanctioned discrimination could be a cause contemplated, let alone endorsed, by public officials elected to represent a diverse and complete constituency. We are proud that the vibrant city of Durham is home to 21c Museum Hotel, and we humbly stand with fellow North Carolinians who petition the repeal of House Bill 2. 

The 21C Museum Hotel has gender-neutral restrooms throughout the hotel for our participants including single-stall restrooms with Everyone All Ways signs. 


Our commitment to health and accessibility includes the provision of masks, COVID-19 tests for participants as they arrive to the Encuentro, and inquiries about vaccination status. 

All conference attendees must be vaccinated or present a COVID-19 negative test prior to the start of the Encuentro. 


Our Encuentro would not be possible without the support of our Sponsors. 

arcoíris | rainbow


madrina & padrino

aliade | ally

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