Binational Marches Alone at NYC Immigration Rally – Where Are the Gays?
Britta is a Binational Lesbian, who marched alone this weekend in support of UAFA, to include binational couples in Immigration reform; Well, there were thousands of others, but no rainbow flags,.. After being embraced in their plight by New York Civil Liberties Union, Britta has boldly stepped forward and is now appearing in some programs that are set to help UAFA and the possible inclusion of LGBT partners in Comprehensive Immigration Reform…“I am disappointed in the LGBT community; I attended the immigration rally with the NYCLU (New York Civil Liberties Union). While participating in the march I was looking for Immigration Equality representatives as well as some gay flags or at least some gay activists – I was standing alone holding up my sign to include LGBT binational couples in CIR. Except for NYCLU nobody else was apparently representing us. If we don’t show up, if we don’t take a stand in front of this nation and the world, if we don’t talk nor share our stories, how else can we ensure UAFA is included in CIR (Comprehensive Immigration Reform)? In the end majority & visibility counts! “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” (Martin Luther King Jr.), and today I remember the silence of my community while I am holding the fort fighting until the battle is won!” Britta’s case for asylum will be heard in September – the Judge will not allow another continuance to find an attorney. She may have to represent herself in this daunting and complicated proceeding.