How Queer Undocumented Youth Built the Immigrant Rights Movement

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This article was originally published on the Huffington Post Blog.  How did we build an immigrant rights movement? As undocumented queer immigrants, we learned from our own experiences. Frank Sharry’s latest opinion piece in The Washington Post extols the gay rights movement for teaching the immigrant rights movement how to fight, and in doing so, he places himself […]

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With fear and determination my mother ran, carrying me in her arms

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My name is Rossette valladares and I am undocumented. Over two decades ago my family came to this country in hopes of a better life. I’m 22 and at my age my mother carried me in her arms. I was 8 months old when we crossed the border. In her stories and words she was […]

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I want to know how your heart hurts, too [A challenge to citizens]

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I wish you were more unapologetic. Yes, you, the citizen. When I say check your privilege, I don’t mean apologize for it, I don’t mean feel guilty for it, and I sure as hell don’t mean don’t take full advantage of it. All I’m saying is be more considerate of folks who don’t have that […]

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Immigrant rights are an LGBTQ Issue

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On Tuesday September 27th we collaborated with the Chicago LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Coalition to present a community forum on the intersection between immigrant rights and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities. Watch the recording of that forum here.  Photo by Emmanuel Garcia 7 simple reasons why the LGBTQ community needs to care about […]

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When family makes all the difference

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  Editor’s Note: This is Lulu’s last week in Chicago, as she is packing up and moving to Atlanta, Georgia. She will be working with local community organizations supporting undocumented youth organizing in the state. We thank her for her contributions, and are excited for the opportunities ahead. My name is Lulu and I’m undocumented. […]

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I’m undocumented, and an ally to my queer daughters

Soy indocumentada, y aliada de mis hijas LGBTQ Hace unos anos, probablemente nueve, mi hija me dijo que tal vez iniciaria una relacion con una companera. Mi respuesta fue “respeta mis ideas y yo voy a respetar las tuyas” y por nueve años he tratado de corregir el error que cometi entonces. Debi haber dicho: […]

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