Laurin Mayeno

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Laurin Mayeno

Template:TOCnestleft Laurin Mayeno is founder of Out Proud Families.


Laurin Mayeno received her Masters in public health, with a focus on community health education and multicultural health, from UC Berkeley in 1999. She received her Bachelors of Science in ethnic studies from UC Berkeley in 1977. She has participated in educational workshops that have had a major influence on her work, including TODOS Institute—Unlearning Oppression; Visions, Inc.—Changing Racism: A Personal Approach to Multiculturalism; People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond—Undoing Racism; Landmark Education—Curriculum for Living, Communication Courses and Team Management and Leadership Program.[1]


For more than 13 years, Laurin Mayeno has provided consulting services to numerous organizations, networks, and collaboratives. Laurin’s experiences as a mixed race woman who grew up during the social movements of the 1960s, and as single the mother of a multiracial gay son, have consistently led her to work that fosters inclusion, equity and full appreciation for cultural diversity. Through her life experience and her work, she has developed a deep appreciation of the role that race, culture, gender, sexual orientation and other social differences play in shaping our lives.

Prior to launching her consulting business in 1999, Mayeno worked for 20 years with a variety of public and non-profit organizations. Through her experience—as an administrator, advocate, program manager and educator—she gained an insider’s view into the complex challenges of organizations and systems and the people within them.

Laurin has also worked on the frontlines of service delivery and in partnership with community residents to improve neighborhood health and wellbeing.

Her employment experience is complemented by a history of social justice activism with reproductive rights, anti-racist, and immigrant rights groups and coalitions. Since 2007, the has played a leading role in Somos Familia, an intergenerational community organization working to create safe spaces and communities for lesbian, gay, transgender, and questioning youth and their families. Through this work she has become passionate about using her voice and sharing her personal story to promote awareness and dialog about gender and sexual orientation.[2]

"Class Struggle" paper


Circa 1980 Michael Downing, Joe Hicks and Laurie Mayeno wrote a paper entitled "Response to 'Intervention in the Class Struggle.'"

Call for a Conference on Racism and National Oppression


Call for a Conference on Racism and National Oppression was a 1980 call by Marxist-Leninists of The Trend, most of whom were Line of March activists, for a national conference on "Racism and National Oppression" to be held in the summer of 1981 in New York or the Bay Area.

Signers from Los Angeles were;

Los Angeles District Line of March Groups?



In a circa 1980 report "Consolidated rectification forces", in the Los Angeles area were named as Bruce Embrey, Joe Hicks, Michael Downing, Francoise Spaulding, Virgie Sanchez, William Bollinger, Dan Lund, Laurie Mayeno, Mike Silverberg, Ceci Kahn, Jaime Geaga, Cyrus Keller, Marilyn Taylor.