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Anthony Sullivan

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

Monday, April 21, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. immigration officials free gay Ethiopian man pending asylum request

Monday, March 31, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Ethiopia

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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Mother says gay son tortured, killed in Honduran prison after illegal deportation

Friday, December 13, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Christopher Edwards

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

Thursday, December 12, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Embassy in Manila.

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

Friday, December 6, 2013
MANILA, Luzon -- The United States Embassy in the Philippines has issued its first fiancé visa to a same-sex couple. [ Read more → ]
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Federal court orders review in gay Russian’s asylum case

Thursday, November 28, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]
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‘I got arrested for the 267,000 LGBT immigrants like me’

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Report outlines harm facing transgender immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees

Friday, October 4, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Immigration

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

Friday, October 4, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Jose Cicahua-Perez

Dreams deferred: Why we need immigration reform

Sunday, September 1, 2013
A pathway to citizenship would give my parents, and our country’s 11 million aspiring Americans, the chance to come out of the shadows and live their lives with pride. ... I know what it’s like to be forced into two closets, unable to openly share your immigration status and sexual orientation. That’s why I’m thrilled that the LGBT community is standing up for immigration reform... [ Read more → ]
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Federal appeals court says persecuted gay immigrant can stay in U.S.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal judges have permitted a gay Filipino immigrant to stay in the U.S. despite deportation orders because he has suffered persecution for his sexual orientation in his native land. [ Read more → ]
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Napolitano: Homeland Security to process same-sex immigration benefits

Monday, July 1, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will start reviewing applications for green cards and other immigration benefits for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
The DOMA ProjectTraian Popov (left) and Julian Marsh

Gay couple may be first to win immigration petition following DOMA ruling

Monday, July 1, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Bulgarian graduate student and his American husband are the first gay couple in the nation to have their green card petition approved after the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages, their lawyer says. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy: Catriona Dowling, via APFrom left: Mardoche, Cathy Davis, Cian, Angelina, and Catriona Dowling in Boulder, Colo. After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Dowling was told her Irish spouse Cathy Davis would have been given a green card if she were a man.

Supreme Court ruling a boon for gay couples with foreign spouse

Friday, June 28, 2013
After being interviewed by a federal immigration officer earlier this year, Catriona Dowling was told her Irish spouse would have been given a green card — if she were a man. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Senate passes historic immigration reform bill

Thursday, June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed passed historic legislation offering the priceless hope of citizenship to millions of immigrants living illegally in America's shadows, including 267,000 LGBT immigrants. [ Read more → ]
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Immigration benefits for binational, gay couples to change under DOMA ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON — The government says it will begin extending immigration benefits to gay married couples in light of the Supreme Court's decision striking down key portions of a federal gay marriage law. [ Read more → ]
AP

Marco Rubio: No ‘special’ rights for gay Americans — but I’m not ‘a bigot’

Friday, June 14, 2013
I wish I understood why allowing married, bi-national same-sex couples to apply for a visa through the marriage-based green card application process is such an abomination to Marco Rubio. ... Perhaps all we have to do is take a look at his voting record in the Senate and the statements he’s made to understand the soul of Sen. Marco Rubio. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)

Rubio: ‘I’m done’ with immigration bill if gay couples are included

Thursday, June 13, 2013
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) -- the most prominent Republican in the “Gang of Eight,” a group of senators who developed the bipartisan immigration reform bill -- said Thursday he will revoke his support if an amendment is added that allows immigration benefits to foreign-born, gay partners of American citizens. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Leahy files amendment to immigration bill to extend rights to binational, gay couples

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday filed an amendment to a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would extend immigration benefits to foreign-born, gay partners of American citizens. [ Read more → ]
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Why I Believe in Pride

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
This month is all about Pride: being proud of who you are, and unafraid to stand up for what you believe in. As a gay, undocumented immigrant, that has not always been easy for me. From a young age, my parents taught me that there was one aspect of our lives we weren’t supposed to discuss: our immigration status. I came to the United States from Mexico when I was three months old. This is the only home I know... [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APU.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Leahy disappointed immigration bill excludes gay, bi-national couples

Friday, May 24, 2013
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Sen. Patrick Leahy said Friday he was disappointed he was unsuccessful in his bid to amend immigration reform legislation to protect same-sex couples in which one of the partners is foreign-born. [ Read more → ]
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (right) confers with the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP

Senate committee approves immigration bill without provisions for gay couples

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
WASHINGTON — Far-reaching immigration legislation neared a final committee vote on Tuesday as the White House and Democratic supporters pressed the panel's chairman to delay a showdown over the rights of gay spouses until a debate in the full Senate. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Patrick Lehy

Leahy backs off on offering amendment to immigration bill for gay couples

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy says he will not offer -- for now -- an amendment to an immigration bill allowing gay Americans to seek green cards for their spouses. [ Read more → ]
Obama-AP-File

Obama OK with punting on gays in immigration bill until it reaches Senate

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Two people familiar with the Senate immigration deliberations say the White House has suggested to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy that it would be best to put off a controversy over same-sex partners until a bill goes before the full Senate. [ Read more → ]
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