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Undocumented LGBT Immigrants Speak Out in Powerful New Video: WATCH


There are more than 267,000 undocumented LGBT immigrants in the United States and some of them are speaking out in a new video calling out for LGBT-inclusive immigration reform.


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  1. Not sure what the point is. Undocumented LGBT people should move to the front of the immigration line because they are "more vulnerable?" Seems like someone's trying to conflate two separate issues, but I'm not sure why. Anyone care to help me understand?

    Posted by: Don | Apr 2, 2013 1:05:06 PM

  2. Moving video.
    @Don: one, undocumented, so outside of the official state, two, lgbt, another minority, outside of undocumented population, three perhaps moving from their native country because they are lgbt and targets to hate crimes etc...

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 2, 2013 1:16:07 PM

  3. There's a big difference between seeking political asylum, and simply being an illegal alien. Entry to this country, just like every other country in the world, is controlled by a set of laws; if you break them, then there are consequences. There's no reason to emphasise that some are LGBT; some prisoner are, some mental patients, some football players, some undertakers - in all cases, being LGBT is not related to the activity.

    Posted by: Dave | Apr 2, 2013 1:19:57 PM

  4. Also Matt, as LGBT people they are not eligible for marriage visas, so the government is splitting apart families.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Apr 2, 2013 1:21:38 PM

  5. You'd think folks would get that we are never going to win equality when we are excluding people from the fight. Immigrants aren't like us, trans people are not like us, lesbians are not like is tiresome and not particularly productive.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Apr 2, 2013 1:38:10 PM

  6. When 70% of the African American population in CA voted for Prop 8, we were all shoched that a community that understands discrimantion just decided to discriminate against us the LGBT community. Those who are not on board on the issue of LGBT illegal alliens are doing the same thing that the African Americans did to us. We are all in this together and we should ALL stick together to generate positive change! PERIOD!

    Posted by: Josh | Apr 2, 2013 1:47:32 PM

  7. I wonder whose identities they stole to get jobs. Remember, every illegal alien with a job has stolen someone's ssn to get that job.

    Posted by: me | Apr 2, 2013 1:47:44 PM

  8. i just think it's ironic, and sad, that folks are angry at the "undocumented" and aren't the slightest bit angry at the rich white american men who outsource jobs, close factories in the USA and open ones in other countries so they can save a buck, and then pretend that "undocumented or illegal immigrants" are the problem.


    it's not that all those "illegals" are taking your good american jobs. your rich white american business owners don't want you americans to have jobs. they want to pay some brown person peanuts in another country. and then not pay taxes on the money they make.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 2, 2013 1:54:23 PM

  9. @me: What planet do you live on? Do you honestly think that people working in agriculture, or in most drugstores, or in car shops, have to provide SSNs? And if they do, do you honestly think those numbers get checked? I could go get a job and, if they even asked, write down 123-45-6789.

    They don't even check SSNs at most major corporations.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 2, 2013 1:54:54 PM

  10. Soft porn for rice & bean queens.

    Posted by: guest | Apr 2, 2013 1:59:39 PM

  11. Do you really think that in the United States of American we have a CEO today working or as you stated" "stealing a job" from American citizens? What planet do you come from? Educate yourself before you have an opinion that can be seen as offensive and rude!

    Posted by: Josh | Apr 2, 2013 2:01:30 PM

  12. I am an undocumented gay person and when I was 4 years old my parents brought me here in the US. Growing up, I was not aware of how this would impact my future until my high school years. Through that point I was frustrated and mad at my parents because they brought me here illegally and made me think that my future was bleak. But through all this I was able to go to college and earn my degree and right now I am in the process of being approved through the DACA program. Dealing with my gay identity was much easier to deal with than my undocumented status. The point I wanted to make is that I did not choose the circumstances that I am in but I moved forward with making the best of it and I grew up in this country pledging allegiance to this country growing up and want a chance to be a real citizen of this country. I am surprised with some of the comments posted here when it comes to undocumented lgbt posts and wish people here would be more supportive for a comprehensive immigration reform that includes lgbt folks.

    Posted by: Armando | Apr 2, 2013 2:10:13 PM

  13. LGBTQ people; we always want others to understand our plight and struggle, but never take the time to understand others. This community is a difficult one to be a part of when you're only issue isn't just being gay. We must become more sensitive to all issues impacting this community as well as other oppressed communities if we truly believe in civil rights.

    Posted by: THurts | Apr 2, 2013 2:10:58 PM

  14. So surprised to find a comments thread on Towleroad filled with vile racists.

    Posted by: 24play | Apr 2, 2013 2:14:44 PM

  15. Oh look at all the gay folks piling on the hate against immigrants because they "are breaking laws."

    It wasn't so long ago that having sex with another man was "breaking laws" but I don't recall you people complaining about that.

    Posted by: jht | Apr 2, 2013 2:15:39 PM

  16. Actually Josh, my husband is a carpenter and is constantly losing out on work because people are willing to pay illegal immigrants less money than he is worth or willing to work for. Take your own advice and educate yourself before coming across as rude and offensive.

    Posted by: tim | Apr 2, 2013 2:15:44 PM

  17. Big business interests love uncontrolled immigration legal or illegal. They like the fact it creates an employers market, keeps wages down at least for those at the bottom and to an extent the middle. The financial services industry likewise love them because it allows them [the industry] to give out more loans, credit cards, mortgages, etc., from which they make tons of $ when especially the consumers are late with payments, or even when they default. This is a HUGE and lucrative business, and it requires a constantly increasing flow of consumers, legal or illegal. The retail industry likewise loves them because they are all potential consumers and the employee angle I mentioned above, a two-fer so-to-speak.

    Then there's politicians; let's start with the right:

    The right,i.e. Republican, [especially so-called neocons] LOVE this huge flow of immigration [legal and illegal] because because of the reasons I stated in the first paragraph, but in the case of border states, they help to inflate population trends and census figures, which in turn gives politicians in these states, at the federal level, more power and influence. BTW: They WILL NOT publicly admit this.

    Liberals, AKA progressives, i.e. Democrats [mostly] LOVE them because they provide a steady stream of people many of whom need 'assistance', which means they will become hooked voting Democrat in order to continue receiving their social services and assistance. The progressives then parlay 'immigrants' [legal and illegal] with the rest of the progressive narrative, i.e. women, LGBT, people of color, and in-turn it helps them pass all kinds of legislation. Dems especially will also tell the general population we need steady unabated immigration to keep our population expanding so we have enough workers to pay for social service entitlements and social security, because the 'native' population is stagnant, has small families, many children at all. The irony is throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 'progressives' repeated the mantra of small families or no children at all because our population was too large. Now they say we need to import many immigrants especially from the 2nd and 3rd world, because they have lots of kids.

    That's about it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 2, 2013 2:25:59 PM

  18. I unknowingly gave work to an undocumented gay contractor (I guess he was fleeing the oppressive Mexican regime.), and it did not work out for me.

    It is a challenge not to generalize.

    There is so much unfairness in our immigration system, there needs to be some hardworking non-profit groups working on sorting out the issues - our public officials are not up to the job.

    Posted by: Fahd | Apr 2, 2013 2:29:04 PM

  19. My dad is dead because too many black penises went up his butt and it killed him.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 2, 2013 2:31:35 PM

  20. Let's be clear; all illegal aliens should be deported to their home countries immediately without exception regardless of sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with the civil rights of Americans. Allowing these criminal aliens to stay in the America hurts gay Americans (even more than heterosexual Americans) who are unable to get a highly paid job because the illegal aliens are depressing wages. As gay civil rights activists we need to stand up and say 'no' to allowing aliens to hurt the health care, civil rights, and economic situation of gay American families and individuals.

    Posted by: DB | Apr 2, 2013 2:34:32 PM

  21. My dad is dead because too many black penises went up his butt and it killed him.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 2, 2013 2:31:35 PM


    I can assure people I didn't post the above comment. I assume it's a guy from Toronto who posts comments like the above when he sees a post he doesn't like, but can't intellectually respond.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 2, 2013 2:37:19 PM

  22. DB - congrats on not knowing anything about anything. WOW.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 2, 2013 2:38:56 PM

  23. My grandparents managed to come here from South Korea legally. The same rules and laws should apply to EVERYONE.

    When it comes to marriage, we're demanded that everyone be treated EQUALLY and the law should be applied to everyone the same way.

    Yet here you have one group (mainly latino illegal immigrants) who want special treatment even though they BROKE the law. HOW does that make sense?

    Wait in line and follow the rules, like my family did. The USA and the West is NOT the world's dumping grounds for the poor.

    Posted by: sean | Apr 2, 2013 2:39:56 PM

  24. I am always stunned by the selfishness of people. "My parents came here legally..." So what. Everybody should have the chance to live a good life. I don't begrudge these people and I live 60 miles from the border and they are probably all around me. Good for them, I hope their dreams of a better life become reality.

    Posted by: jht | Apr 2, 2013 2:46:36 PM

  25. You want to send undocumented workers back to their lands then return their lands to them: California, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada...just give 'em back.

    @Josh, you're still stuck on that 70%, aintcha'. The Gay & Lesbian Task Force did a study after the Prop 8 vote--tallying county by county. They came up with 58% . But I'll tell you what, if California's Black voters had read some of the comments on Gay blogs concerning race before they voted-- it would have been 80% in favor.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 2, 2013 3:05:17 PM

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