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Being an LGBTQ immigrant in America

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Summary of story from Ms. Blog, August 5, 2011

The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) has begun a Week of Action by calling for greater awareness of the issues faced by LGBTQ immigrants.

The movement for immigrant rights in America has often failed to perceive the connections between immigrant experience and LGBTQ liberation. However, there are specific problems affecting LGBTQ immigrants that need to be addressed.

For instance, employment discrimination means that they are more likely to fall into criminal activities to survive.

As a result, they are disproportionately represented in detention centres, where they can suffer victimisation due to their gender identity or sexuality.

LGBTQ immigrants with a US partner are also unable to be petitioned by their partners for citizenship, which places them at a disadvantage compared to heterosexual married couples.

Verónica Baretti Flores, senior policy analyst at the NLIRH, said in a June press release that until recently there had been a lack of research on the unique problems endured by LGBTQ immigrants.

‘NLIRH is calling on activists in the reproductive health and immigration movements to recognize the critical intersections on theses issues for the people they serve’, she added.

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