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Gay Immigrant Couple’s Future Remains Uncertain After Judge Postpones Deportation Hearing

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News / LGBT
Monica Alcota (right) and Cristina Ojeda, who married last year in Connecticut, hope that DOMA will be repealed so that Ojeda can sponsor Alcota for a green card and she can remain in the United States. (Photo: Maria Watts)

By Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on April 4, 2011. President Obama’s decision to challenge the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) came as a shock to gay rights activists and conservative lawmakers alike.  The full implications of this decision remain unclear, however, and gay immigrants have been on an emotional roller coaster as rights are granted one week and denied the next. Obama directed the Department of Justice […]

Despite Violent Turn, New Yorkers Show Support for University of Puerto Rico Student Demonstrations

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News / Puerto Rico
Giovanni Roberto Caez, a student activist at the University of Puerto Rico, on a visit to New York City. (Photo: Von Diaz)

  By Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on March 15, 2011. For almost an entire year, student protests have rocked the University of Puerto Rico. The demonstrations that began on April 21, 2010 are in opposition to fee increases and the elimination of certain merit-based fee waivers at the university. The conflict, known as much for mobilizing Puerto Rican citizens as for violence, police brutality and property destruction, has exposed deep […]

Gay Immigrant Youth in New York Struggle With Homelessness

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News / LGBT

Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on February 23, 2011 NEW YORK—Juan Valdez vividly recalls the night he left home. “I grabbed a whole bunch of black plastic bags, packed all of my things, and went to my best friend’s house. And, I mean, what else could I do? I was 16, I didn’t know how to do anything,” Juan said. Juan was kicked out of his house when he revealed to his parents […]

Same-Sex Couples Still Awaiting Immigration Reform

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News

By: Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on January 7, 2010. Comprehensive immigration reform didn’t happen in 2010. The DREAM Act failed to get enough Senate votes in December, setting the tone for a challenging year ahead. Yet the Senate managed to provide a victory for gay rights. “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the federal law barring homosexuals in the U.S. military from being open about their sexuality, was repealed. This landmark change […]

For Gay Hispanics in the U.S., “Se Pone Mejor”

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News

By: Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on December 29, 2010. In the midst of a 9.8 percent unemployment rate and the worst economic recession since the 1930s, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis took time to advocate for Latino LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered) rights. Last month, Solis was the spokeswoman for a Spanish-language version of Dan Savage’s It Gets Better Project, called “Se Pone Mejor.” (She also made a version in English). The […]

Family of Slain Ecuadorian Immigrant Fights Hate Crimes

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Feet in Two Worlds / Immigration News

By: Von Diaz Originally published on Feet in Two Worlds on December 16, 2010. NEW YORK – You don’t have to be gay to be a victim of homophobia. The Sucuzhañay family knows this all too well.  Two years ago, José Sucuzhañay, an Ecuadorian immigrant, was brutally murdered on his way home from a party in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn. José and his younger brother, Romel, were walking arm-in-arm when two men driving an […]