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LGBT and Undocumented

Resources

The LGBT Undocumented

This analysis by the Williams Institute is the first of its kind, illustrated by an infographic, and details the lives of undocumented LGBT adults. View Infographic

The LGBT Undocumented

Immigration Reform and the LGBT Community

This graphic illustrates what the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act does for LGBT immigrants. View Infographic

Immigration Reform and the LGBT Community

LGBT Immigrants in the US

This research brief estimates the number of LGBT-identified adult undocumented immigrants and documented immigrants and describes some of their characteristics. View research brief

LGBT Immigrants in the US

Living In Dual Shadows

This report unpacks the demographic characteristics of the LGBT undocumented adult population, details the disparities and hardships they face, and offers a set of recommendations for policymakers. View report

Living In Dual Shadows

News

Keep up with the news about the LGBT Undocumented population, immigration reform, and then influence your advocacy is having.

LGBT Advocacy Organizations Call on House to Pass Immigration Reform Bill

This statement can be attributed to the National Center for Lesbian Rights, GLAAD, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, United We Dream and Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project, GetEQUAL, Equality Federation, National Center for Transgender Equality and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance. &...

Nation’s Leading LGBT Advocacy Organizations Reject Efforts by House GOP to Play Politics and Leave Millions of Immigrants Behind with KIDS Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Tuesday, July 23, 2013   Media Contacts: Erik Olvera, NCLR, (415) 392-6257 x324, (415) 994-3242 (cell), eolvera@nclrights.org Monica Trasandes, GLAAD, (323) 634-2025, trasandes@GLAAD.org Mark Daley, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, (202) 639-6325, mdaley@TheTaskForce.or...

Nation’s Leading LGBT Advocacy Organizations Call on House GOP to Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Media Contacts: Erik Olvera, NCLR, (415) 392-6257 x324, (415) 994-3242 (cell), eolvera@nclrights.org Monica Trasandes, GLAAD, (323) 634-2025, trasandes@GLAAD.org Mark Daley, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, (202) 639-6325, mdaley@TheTaskForce.org Kri...

Nation’s Leading LGBT Advocacy Organizations Respond to Senate Bill, See Opportunities for Immigrants and Demand No More Punitive Measures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 27, 2013 Media Contacts: Erik Olvera, NCLR, (415) 392-6257 x324, (415) 994-3242 (cell), eolvera@nclrights.org Monica Trasandes, GLAAD, (323) 634-2025, trasandes@GLAAD.org Mark Daley, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, (202) 639-6325, mdaley@TheTaskForce.org Kris...

LGBT Groups to Senate Judiciary Committee: Amendments to immigration legislation must provide reasonable and fair path to citizenship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2013   Media Contacts: Erik Olvera, NCLR, 415-392-6257 x 324, 414-994-3242 (cell), eolvera@nclrights.org Monica Trasandes, GLAAD, 323-634-2025, Trasandes@GLAAD.org Inga Sarda-Sorensen, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 202-641-5592, ISorensen@TheTaskForce.org K...

LGBT Groups Support Amendments to Immigration Bill that will Protect Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2013   Media Contacts: Erik Olvera, NCLR, 415-392-6257 x 324, 414-994-3242 (cell), eolvera@nclrights.org Monica Trasandes, GLAAD, 323-634-2025, Trasandes@GLAAD.org Inga Sarda-Sorensen, The Task Force, 202-641-5592, ISorensen@TheTaskForce.org Kristin Ford, United W...

Recess Talking Points

Members of Congress will be in their home districts from Friday, May 24 - Sunday, June 2. This is a great opportunity to be vocal and visible supporters of comprehensive immigration reform that respects all immigrants, including those in the LGBT community. During the recess break, we encourage you to attend congressi...

LGBT Groups Push Senate Judiciary Committee to Improve Immigration Bill’s Detention Standards and Asylum Provisions, Respect Privacy and Due Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2013   Media Contacts: Erik Olvera, NCLR, 415-392-6257 x 324, 414-994-3242 (cell), eolvera@nclrights.org Monica Trasandes, GLAAD, 323-634-2025, Trasandes@GLAAD.org Inga Sarda-Sorensen, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 202-641-5592, ISorensen@TheTaskForce.org K...

LGBT Rights Are Immigrants' Rights As Well

Christine Dickason and James King, March 26, 2013,  Campus Progress

Immigration Reform Is an LGBT Issue

Maya Rupert, March 22, 2013, Huffington Post

El doble closet de ser gays e indocumentados

Pilar Marrero, March 19, 2013,  La Opinión

Marriage Equality Could Be A Major Boost For Illinois' Struggling Economy

Ashlee Rezin, March 12, 2013,  Progress Illinois

Not All LGBT Immigrants Are Married to Americans

Erwin de Leon, March 11, 2013, Huffington Post

Report: LGBT immigrant U.S. population of 267,000 vulnerable with DOMA

Belky Perez Schwartz, March 9, 2013,  Examiner

LGBT DREAMers push for inclusive immigration reform: "Recognize all of my humanity"

SDGLN Staff, March 8, 2013, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

Gay Rights, Immigration Reform Closely Linked for Some

Kate Woodsome, March 8, 2013, Voice of America

Report: 267,000 LGBT People Are Undocumented Immigrants

Christopher Frost, March 8, 2013, Think Progress

Who Are the 'UndocuQueer?' New Reports Shed Light

Elena Shore, March 8, 2013,   New America Media

About

The LGBT community is committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform that will provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented men, women and children living in our country, including at least 267,000 LGBT undocumented immigrants.

Our primary goal is to pass a commonsense immigration reform bill that puts our nation’s undocumented men, women and children on a pathway to citizenship.

Every day we fail to reform our system, 1,100 families are torn apart. As a nation, we pride ourselves on keeping families united, and our immigration policies should reflect our commitment to keep families together – all families. For this reason, we are committed to ending discrimination against LGBT binational couples.

This bill is a historic step forward for all immigrants and the LGBT community. We stand firmly that the following principles must be included if we are to truly have comprehensive immigration reform legislation and we will continue to work to improve the legislation as we fight for its passage:

  • Provide a pathway to citizenship;
  • Ensure that family unity is at the heart of immigration law and policy;
  • End unjust detentions and deportations;
  • Uphold labor and employment standards, and ensure that the enforcement of immigration law does not undermine labor and employment rights;
  • Promote a dignified quality of life for border communities by ensuring border agencies uphold basic civil and human rights protections;
  • and Ensure immigrant members of our community are not relegated to second-class status with fewer rights and benefits.

Tell Congress: Pass immigration reform and bring families back together for the holidays.


This holiday season, countless families are forced to be apart or face the threat of separation because Congress still hasn’t passed immigration reform. Send a holiday e-card to your friends and family and then sign the pledge to support immigration reform that keeps families – all families – together.

Click on a card below to learn more about a few LGBT immigrants separated from their families, preview and send.

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