Bamby is a national and international transgender Latina Woman who received her Master’s Degree in Latin@ Studies from California State California Los Angeles. Bamby is the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latin@s in the US. Bamby developed the Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness, a multipurpose, multiservice space for Trans people in Los Angeles.
Bamby’s remarkable and wide-ranging activist work has brought voice and visibility to not only the trans community but also to the multiple overlapping communities and issues that her life has touched including migration, HIV, youth, LGBT, incarceration, and Latin@ communities. Through her instinctive leadership, she has birthed several organizations that created community where there was none, and advocate for the rights, dignity, and humanity for those who have been without a voice. Bamby’s work as a collaborator and a connector through a variety of organizations reflect her skills in crossing various borders and boundaries and working in the intersection of multiple communities as well as the intersections of multiple issues.
She has served and participated in many local, national, and international organizations and planning groups. This work mediates intersections of race, gender, sexuality, age, social class, HIV+ status, immigration status, and more. Her activist public speaking has ranged from testifying to governmental bodies, human rights and social justice organizations, universities and colleges, demonstrations and rallies, and national and international conferences as a featured speaker.
Her words and experience evoke both tears and laughter, sobriety, and inspiration through the documentary made about her life called TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story. Bamby has been featured and recognized in multiple media outlets such as People en Español, Latina Magazine, Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, OUT 100, and featured in the HBO documentary The Trans List, among many others. Bamby has also being recognized for her outstanding work by multiple national and local organizations.