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Eric and Juan, a Gay Binational Married Couple Fighting for Immigration Reform, End of DOMA: VIDEO


Eric and Juan are a gay binational couple featured in The Bravery Tapes, a project that profiles stories of human courage.

Their story is also featured in the L.A. Times today:

In his video Op-Ed “Eric and Juan,” Jens Erik Gould introduces us to a same-sex couple who got married in 2008, during the brief time when gay marriage was legal in California. Though Eric and Juan have built a life together here, DOMA prevents Juan from applying for a green card through marriage. It is among the many federal benefits the two are denied.

“Juan has had so much adversity in his life,” Gould says. “Someone tried to kill him in Mexico because he was gay. Now, not only does he still experience discrimination for being gay in the U.S., he's also living undocumented here. Many people in this situation hide in the shadows. But despite all the adversity and risk, he's publicly fighting for what he believes in because he wants to be an example for his community.”


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  1. Good luck, guys!

    Posted by: Carlos | May 14, 2013 9:19:21 AM

  2. Whatever the story here, Mexico is NOT a place where gays are in any more danger than the US; in fact, gay-bashing is far less common there and the gay scene is pervasive and thriving.

    Posted by: denizo | May 14, 2013 9:54:10 AM

  3. Chuck Schumer wants their marriage forcibly destroyed by de-gated immigration reform.

    Posted by: Skeptical Cicada | May 14, 2013 1:02:00 PM

  4. Come on now, Towleroad. Let's throw just a bit of realness into this equation. If immigration reform goes through, even without the specific gay language added, Juan will receive his legal residency if he meets the basic qualifications. There is nothing in this bill that bans gay immigrants.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 14, 2013 3:20:12 PM

  5. Deport illegal aliens, even the gay ones. Unless they look like Mario Lopez, in which case they get special dispensation.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 14, 2013 5:21:57 PM

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