Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) HEROES was started 11 years ago to honor individuals whose work and leadership advance the rights of the LGBT community. Through the nomination process we seek to identify youth, adults, non-profits, straight-allies & businesses who have bold ideas, act with selfless intention, are admired for their integrity, and are regarded as courageous in advancing the equality of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender community in the Delaware Valley and beyond. DVLF honors these Heroes annually in celebration of their character & in encouragement of others to act heroically.
Sergio Morales-Garcia, HIV Counselor at GALAEI, awarded the Individual Hero award.
Sergio Morales has overcome stigma, discrimination, homelessness, and isolation. Despite these struggles, his resilience and belief in himself propelled him into a life of giving back to others who reflect his lived experience. Once a client at The Attic Youth Center, Sergio quickly demonstrated his leadership potential and was hired to work with the LGBT youth participants. His grit and determination led him to GALAEI, where his title was HIV Tester but his role was so much more. He is a HERO because at GALAEI, he is a leader that makes the impossible possible, but all behind closed doors and out of the spotlight. He is described as warm, compassionate, and friendly during his HIV testing sessions. He successfully orchestrated the annual LGBT Youth Prom and went above and beyond to make sure youth would feel special, have fun, and create lifelong memories. He created a community “support” group for gay Latinx men to talk about their lives, relationships, sex, HIV status. He created Cafe Con SEXO, a YouTube “talk show” talking about sex and sexuality through a LGBT Latinx lens.