Share Your Story
By sharing your experience, you can make a difference for your community, your family, and countless others. Help change the lives of the more than 267,000 LGBT undocumented immigrants by telling us why you believe it’s time for executive action.
Watch Jose’s Story and Marco’s Story
Jose came to the U.S. as an unaccompanied minor who fled homophobic violence in El Salvador at the age of 17. After living here for years, he was thrown in detention by immigration officials and had to live in fear once again.
As a DACA recipient, Marco is able to live and work without fear of deportation to a country where it’s unsafe to be out and proud – but his mom is still at risk.
Why Do You Support Executive Action?
In 200 words or less, tell us why you support immediate deportation relief for LGBT immigrants and their families.
Add your voice to those of other fierce LGBT and immigration movement leaders and advocates.
I came to the U.S. when I was only 22 years old and I’ve lived here for the past 16 years. I’m not married or have a child that is a U.S. citizen, but I feel that I am part of America. I want to come out of the shadows so that I can finish college and become a nurse. As a gay man, I am afraid of being deported to Mexico.
– Alejandro, a 38-year-old undocumented gay man originally from Mexico
My husband Jesús came to the U.S. as a young man. After experiencing family rejection and persecution for being gay, he felt the need to escape Mexico. In West Hollywood, CA, he found acceptance and happiness. After over a decade of living in the US, he is now undocumented and has no path to legal status.
In 2010, we met and fell in love. In the ten-plus years since he arrived, he has paid taxes, graduated with an MBA, and is a volunteer at the LA LGBT Center. As hard as he tries, he always suffers the stress, anxiety, and depression of never being able to live a life without fear of deportation. We call on President Obama to include families like ours in his executive action.
– Steven, U.S. citizen and husband of Jesus
Our current immigration system breaks families apart. Our families deserve to be included in immigration reform. Our families are strong and are integrated into the community, regardless of whether we have children or not. We have been left out so many times that it can be hard to remain hopeful. Please don’t leave us out this time!
– Joe Peterangelo, Milwaukee, WI