The activists, who had wrapped chains around their waists during the two-hour protest, were taken into custody when they refused to leave the intersection of 16th and H Streets in front of Lafayette Park.
— The Task Force (@TheTaskForce) June 30, 2015
Another group of protesters highlighted the undocumented gay immigrants who have died while in detention and those who died after being deported from the U.S. Undocumented Brazilian immigrant Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez said it hasn’t been easy “to be an undocumented person and queer at the same time [because I] had to live with the constant fear of deportation, with the constant fear of detention.”
— Julieta Garibay (@dreamelder) June 30, 2015
Ruby Corado, CEO of Casa Ruby which provides services to at-risk LGBT people, said:
“We have an opportunity to let our president know that although he’s leaving a legacy for LGBT rights, he left some [behind] in the process.
“He left LGBT immigrants whose only dream was to survive, to be in a place where they can finally find some dignity. He also left behind an entire transgender community and we sit here to remember the deaths of those who never had a chance.”
Watch a National LGBTQ Task Force recording of the protest below:
(Top image via Twitter)