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Gay widower renews petition for green card on 39th wedding anniversary

| Monday, April 21, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- A 72-year-old Australian man widowed by his American husband of more than three decades is renewing his pitch for a green card since the Obama administration eased policies on gay marriage.

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U.S. immigration officials free gay Ethiopian man pending asylum request

| Monday, March 31, 2014
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BOSTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Boston have released 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man who was facing deportation back to his home country where knowledge that he is gay could land him in prison.

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Gay Ethiopian faces persecution, prison if deported from the U.S.

| Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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BOSTON, Mass. -- Federal immigration officials in Boston are seeking to deport a 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man, where he is likely to be persecuted and imprisoned.

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Mother says gay son tortured, killed in Honduran prison after illegal deportation

MATT REYNOLDS | Courthouse News Service | Friday, December 13, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- The United States illegally deported a gay asylum-seeker to months of torture and death in a Honduran prison, his mother claims in court.

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Why I joined LGBT activists in solidarity to fast for immigration reform

| Thursday, December 12, 2013
Christopher Edwards
Last week, I joined thousands of fasters around the country during the “National Days to Act, Fast and Pray” on December 1-3. For 24 hours, I abstained from food in an act of solidarity with a group of immigration reform activists who had gone 22 days ingesting nothing but water. I joined the fast because my mother was forced to leave her country due to the discrimination and violence she faced there. In my work on LGBT immigration policy, I know I encounter only a fraction of our nation’s 267,000 undocumented LGBT adults. Yet I constantly hear stories like my family’s -- stories of people who have fled to the United States in search of a better life.

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U.S. Embassy in Manila issues its first visas to same-sex couples

| Friday, December 6, 2013
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MANILA, Luzon -- The United States Embassy in the Philippines has issued its first fiancé visa to a same-sex couple.

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Federal court orders review in gay Russian’s asylum case

| Thursday, November 28, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court has ordered immigration officials to review their decision not to grant asylum to a gay man who said he was attacked for his sexual orientation in 2002 and 2003 in his native Russia and feared he would be...

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‘I got arrested for the 267,000 LGBT immigrants like me’

| Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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I got arrested last week. And my mom was proud of me. In fact, I did it for her. ... I got arrested for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who dream about becoming a U.S. citizen, being able to drive a car, travel without fear and get a college degree. I got arrested for the 267,000 LGBT immigrants like me who will benefit from immigration reform if the one-year bar on applying for asylum is eliminated, if conditions are improved for people held in detention facilities, and if detainee’s aren’t placed in solitary confinement solely based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Report outlines harm facing transgender immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees

| Friday, October 4, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- On the heels of the U.S. House introduction of an immigration proposal and ahead of the "National Day of Dignity and Respect" -- a day of action scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 -- the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has issued a new report outlining the barriers and harms transgender immigrants face while navigating the U.S. immigration system.

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Immigration reform in spotlight with marches across the U.S. this weekend

| Friday, October 4, 2013
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In more than 150 cities around the country, Immigrants and their allies will gather and march this weekend to remind the nation that despite the feuds in Congress over the debt ceiling and health care - despite the government shutdown - they are still here and still demanding immigration reform.

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