“We’ll continue resisting because as LGBTQ folks, as immigrant folks, we have been resisting, since the day we have decided to live authentically and unafraid and unapologetically.”
“I couldn’t afford to go home, but it was common knowledge among the many international students that, technically, one could remain in the country beyond the visa validity period as long as you were still enrolled in school. So I did.”
The Canadian Government’s new guidelines on processing LGBTQI refugees includes more inclusive language and highlights concerns about stereotypes.
Corey Jones, a 31-year-old black man, was killed by a police officer after his car broke down after 3 a.m., five black churches have been set on fire in the St. Louis area, a Texas judge ruled health officials can still deny birth certificates to children of undocumented immigrants, opponents of Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance debut a terrible ad aimed against trans women, and more news stories.
See, home isn’t for people like me — it is not for lesbians, or queers. I cannot return to a country that criminalizes and attempts to further oppress my personhood. One that publicly accepts psychological assaults on my being, while leaving no legal safeties or recourse for its state sanctioned actions.
Immigration officers found that the nine had “credible fear of persecution or torture in their birth country” of Mexico, and therefore could not be removed from the US.
Cara’s Team Pick: Put on a hat and save the world.
Sane people want the new immigration bill to help binational gay couples. People in power insist that will ruin everything for everyone else. What’s a politically savvy queer to do?
A Canadian’s take on how backwards the struggle to get immigration reform for same-sex couples has turned out to be.
“I have always been a traveler, particularly as an immigrant and as a person with family hailing from Venezuela to Dominica to South India, ‘home’, ‘family’ and ‘belonging’ have always been complicated concepts.”
The Department of Homeland Security has now drafted up written guidelines for binational and immigrant same-sex couples and families to now be considered “low-priority” in deportation cases.
“As a regular recipient of Gmail and Facebook ads for dog food and gay cruises, I’m well aware that companies are trying to make money off my personal information. While it’s a little creepy but expected that Target will try to use my private information to market to me, I hold the Canadian government to much higher standards.”
One year since the Obama administration announced a verbal policy regarding protection for binational LGBT families, House Democrats say the administration has fallen short on its promises.
Comic book style drawings of queers and quotes in curvy font provide a face and a narrative for queers who live under governments trying to squash their rights, build fences to keep them out and create legislation for swift deportation, among other things.