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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IYJL At Three


October 2012 marks three years since a group of undocumented youth gathered at the Hull House for a meeting titled “Shout it Out.” What was to be a discussion inviting different undocumented youth to organize did not make it past introductions. That day, we shared tears, laughter, and togetherness over a conversation touching on our […]

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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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Viviana: I want my Queer and Undocumented to be friends

Today after 10 years i finally remembered the first time i was attracted to a girl. She was a boyish Russian gymnast compeating in the 2000 sydney Olympics. I would stay up to 2 am to watch her do her twirls. I remember feeling so confused about her, and I suppressed that feeling for 10 years of my […]

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Reyna: Today means complete liberation

  My name is Reyna and I’m tired of lying and hiding. I never wanted to lie to my mom about liking girls but I did it for many years. I didn’t want to be a “marimacha”, the way my family talked about “jotos” made me cringe every single time I caught myself thinking of […]

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Ireri: I’m queer. I’m undocumented. And I’m out.

In celebration of the fight for liberation of LGBTQ people commemorated in the  month of June, we will be sharing stories that show the intersections between the LGBTQ community and undocumented immigrants. This first one is from Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, IYJL organizer, speaking at “Coming Out: Queer and Undocumented.” The event took place on June 07th, […]

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