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While the country waits to see if the U.S. Congress will fix the broken immigration system, more than 11 million undocumented people are left in limbo. Over the past few years, those living in the shadows have begun to organize, but still more hurdles lie ahead.

On this edition, we hear from LGBTQ immigrants in the U.S. who not only have to hide their legal identity, but their sexuality too. Their stories demonstrate why living illegally in the U.S. is not only their refuge, but also their biggest fear.

Featuring:

Un Jung Lim, gay immigrant; Aries Liao, Q-Wave steering committee member reading story of gay immigrant from Egypt; Rev. Noel Bordador, gay immigrant; Sadat Iqbal, reading for queer immigrant friend from Bangladesh; Trishala Deb, Arcus Foundation National LGBT Rights Program Officer.

Special thanks for this audio to OUT-FM, A multi-racial, progressive LGBT public affairs and culture show on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York

Hear the testimonies in our show:

Un Jung Lim, a US citizen, is a gay immigrant in a binational relationship whose partner is citizen of India.

Aries Liao, a member of Q-Wave’s steering committee, reads a story of a gay immigrant from Egypt.

Rev. Noel Bordador, gay immigrant.

Sadat Iqbal reads the story of a queer immigrant friend from Bangladesh.

Trishala Deb, Arcus Foundation National LGBT Rights Program Officer, discusses immigration rights through lens of policy makers.

For more information:

Anti-Violence Project
New York, NY

Arcus Foundation
New York, NY

Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS
New York, NY

Audre Lorde Project
Brooklyn, NY

Barangay NY
New York, NY

Center for Community Change
Washington, DC

Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)
New York, NY

Immigration Equality
New York, NY

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Washington, DC

National Immigration Forum
Washington, DC

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
Washington, DC

Out-FM: A multi-racial, progressive LGBT public affairs and culture show on WBAI
New York, NY

Queer Asian Spirit

Q-Wave: LBTQQ Asian Pacific-Islander community
New York, NY

South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association NYC (SALGA-NYC)
New York, NY

Stonewall Democrats National
Washington, DC

Music:

Indonesia by Jazz Liberatorz
Indian Flute by Timbaland and Magoo

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Author: Kwan

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  1. This is great.Finally, we as queer API, we speak out about ourselves.How we struggling as undocumented or documented immigrant as well as queer.This is all about fighting and keep trying, the best we could, to have better life as same as other straight people.Thank you to radioproject.org, for helping us to publish this forum.
    By the way, there is a mistake on the sentences, it should be ” Aries Liao, a member of QWAVE, reads a story of gay immigrant from INDONESIA not Egypt.” thank you.

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