Aquí Estamos RGV announced Rio Grande Valley natives Jose Colon-Uvalles II and Sofia Rivera Peña will be the keynote speakers for the 3rd annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people of color conference in the Rio Grande Valley.

The conference, known as “Aquí Estamos,” has drawn hundreds of attendees every year from across the state and nation. It is hosted by a youth-led group in the RGV.

Colon-Uvalles is an intersectional queer Latinx community organizer and Dragtivist (drag queen activist) from Brownsville, Texas, known as Beatrix Lestrange. Most recently, he was recognized as “RGV Millenial of the Year” by RGV Millennials. Colon-Uvalles also helped the City of Brownsville officially recognize June as LGBTQ Pride Month. He is a Contributor at Neta.

Rivera Peña was born, raised, and has lived her life so far in the RGV. Most recently she helped found Frontera Fund, an organization that provides practical support to people seeking abortions in the RGV and to RGV residents who travel to other clinics in Texas. She was also a clinic escort and organizer with South Texans for Reproductive Justice.

The conference will take place at the STC Cooper Center in McAllen, Texas, on Sept. 22 – Sept. 23. Registration is free.