“I am tired of the violence we’re facing.” These are the words shouted by Jennicet Gutierrez during a speech from President Obama at a June LGBT Pride Month White House Reception. Jennicet, an undocumented trans Latina activist affiliated with Los Angeles-based Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, interrupted the celebration to demand the release of all LGBTQ immigrants from detention centers and an immediate end to deportations. The response? Shaming and silencing, a set of tactics commonly used by the mainstream, white and wealthy LGBT movement to obtain and protect its much celebrated civil rights and state recognition. With same-sex marriage largely secured, the promised attention to and support for other LGBTQ issues has not materialized, and the discourse around immigration reform has been dominated by candidate for President of the United States Donald Trump’s calls for mass deportation and border militarization. This morning, 8 O’Clock Buzz engineer Harry Gilbert spoke with Jennicet Gutierrez and Jorge Gutierrez, the National Coordinator of Familia: TQLM about the work of centering queer and trans undocumented immigrants in the struggle for liberation.
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