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By Emily Bartels-Bland | Talk Radio News Service

June 5, 2014

The activists sat in a circle, held hands, and chanted “undocumented and unafraid, queer and not ashamed.”

LGBTQ activists and undocumented immigrants representing United We Dream held a protest in front of the White House on Thursday.

The demonstration coincided with the kick-off of Pride Week and one week after President Obama delayed decisions on changing deportation policies.

“We represent the over 267,000 undocumented LGBTQ people in this country, we represent asylum seekers who are subjugated to violence in their home country like my little brother,” said Marcos Quiroga, a member of the national LGBTQ human rights organization Immigration Equality. “We represent LGBTQ immigrants in detention centers who are in solitary confinement and who lack adequate medical care for HIV and who lack their hormone therapy.”

The activists sat in a circle, held hands, and chanted “undocumented and unafraid, queer and not ashamed.”

Quiroga says the LGBTQ immigrants need urgent relief.

“With 77 countries around the world where it’s illegal to be gay, you’re deporting them to life threatening situations. For LGBTQ immigrants, deportation can be a death sentence,” Quiroga.

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