LGBTQ+ credit union employees and allies attend the Let’s CUshine! kickoff event for CUshine at the Albuquerque Social Club on April 14. LGBTQ+ credit union employees and allies attend the Let’s CUshine! kickoff event for CUshine at the Albuquerque Social Club on April 14. (Photo courtesy of the CUANM)

Credit union professionals in New Mexico who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or with another gender identity or sexual orientation (LGBTQ+) can now gain support and access to career opportunities through CUshine, an employee resource group recently created by the Credit Union Association of New Mexico.

The CUANM announced the launch of CUshine, the industry’s first statewide employee resource group for LGBTQ+ employees, on Friday. The league hosted a CUshine kickoff event on April 14 in Albuquerque, which drew over 100 credit union employees and included a discussion panel and drag show featuring entertainer Daniel Marquez (a.k.a. Madam Nymphadora), who is a credit union development educator and software implementations analyst for the San Diego-based core processor Corelation. The event also served as a fundraiser for CasaQ, an Albuquerque-based non-profit dedicated to supporting queer youth experiencing homelessness. Images from the evening are available to view in a public Flickr album.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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