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Marco (far left) with Immigration Equality staff and supporters at Queens Pride 2015.

Friend,

For years, I have been honored to serve as Immigration Equality’s National Field Officer and help make our clients’ voices heard. As an undocumented gay man of color from Peru, I know how it feels to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and marginalization.

While growing up in rural southwest Florida, I experienced homelessness, was threatened with deportation by police and my own friends, and had my family separated from me due to our broken immigration system. Throughout that time, it was my community and supporters like you that gave me enough hope to keep fighting. For me and my family, just like over 267,000 undocumented LGBT people in the US, our struggle for a lasting solution continues.

Despite our ongoing efforts to achieve justice and equality for the LGBT and immigrant communities, there are many personal narratives that remind us how much work we still have to do. There are still too many cases where families are being forced to separate due to immigration laws and LGBT individuals are still being inhumanely detained and sent back to countries where they are persecuted due to their identity. As a community, we must come together, not only to fight these social injustices but also to support and love one another.

In solidarity,
Marco A. Quiroga
National Field Officer, Immigration Equality