To: Sen. Charles Schumer (NY-1)

Senator Schumer: Come Out for LGTBQ Immigrants

Senator Schumer: Please stand up for LGBTQ inclusion and citizenship for the 11 million in immigration reform.

Why is this important?

As you read this, the Gang of 8 (a group of Senators) are working to introduce an immigration reform bill this year. Senator Chuck Schumer (D) from New York-- a member of the Gang of 8--has been a longtime supporter for the LGBTQ community and receives funding from mainstream LGBTQ organizations. However, so far, he has been silent on this issue in his talk on immigration reform.

Senator Schumer needs to hear from you to remind him why it is crucial for him to be a champion for the LGTBQ immigrant community the same way we have supported him. The Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), a project of United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth network in the country, made a commitment to make sure that the entire 11 Million are included in this bill and that includes LGTBQ immigrants like me.

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Reasons for signing

  • For 10 years I was a 'love exile' because I was in a relationship with a Brazilian man. When my job in São Paulo, I had no legal means to bring him to the States. We immigrated all the way to Australia just to be together. That's a long way to go for love. The relationship subsequently dissolved and I moved back to be closer to my support network of families and friends. No one should have to go through just because they love someone of the same sex from another country.
  • I am not Gay but I support this reform.
  • Honorable Senator Schumer; I have a transgender friend whom I love so much -I'm not Lesbian or transgender. Her name is Guadalupe. she is by origin Mexican. it took her one year to get a copy of her Birth certificate, and when she went to her Consulate to get her ID in order to proceed with the FBI fingerprinting, she was told that"-...if the birth certificate had taken one year her ID would take 2 or 3...". This said out of prejudice because sometimes Latino men don't accept this situation ,...