If Latino culture rejects queers why is the gay, lesbian and transgender community, partly represented by the organization called Immigration Equality, showing up in force for the Reform Immigration For America (RIFA) march on Washington D.C. Sunday, March 21st, 2010?
The answers are simple. First, not every immigrant is Hispanic. Representatives from many immigrant cultures will be at the march and will speak for their people. Second, there are a lot of gay immigrants, including Latinos, who would like their ‘other half’ to join them in the process of immigrating to the United States of America. At the very least, the GLBT community seeks fair treatment for people with diverse sexual orientation.
"The failure to recognize permanent partners in the application for legal permanent residency is a major concern for many Americans. I share this concern and am a cosponsor of the Uniting American Families Act of 2009, which would...permit permanent partners...to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents."
Recently, 60 members of Congress joined in support of inclusion of GLBT people in the immigration reform bill, inlcuding Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Jared Polis of Colorado, Mike Honda of California, and Mike Quigley of Illinois.
The GLBT community will march shoulder to shoulder with their immigrant brothers because they have something in common with people from another land. Members of the GLBT community understand the ugly stamp of oppression.