17 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

Affirmative action is now the latest wedge issue in California to keep ethnic minorities from seeing our common interests. In California, a bill to revive affirmative action is dead. Mainstream media reports convey that opposition from insurgent Asian Americans groups killed the measure at the last minute. If this is true, then there is much work to be […]

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17 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Nigeria’s New Law Criminalizing Gays

First India, and now Nigeria. Albeit, the situation in Nigeria is far worse. Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, signed into law a draconian anti-gay bill. Same sex relationships were already illegal in Nigeria but under the new law, anyone who enters into a same-sex marriage or partnership may be jailed for up to 14 years. The new law […]

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11 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

India’s Supreme Court Re-Criminalizes Gay Sex

In a shockingly poor decision, the Indian Supreme Court has reversed the July 2009 ruling of the Delhi High Court decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults. In doing so, India’s Supreme Court has recriminalized gay sex in India, rendering almost 20 percent of the global LGBT population illegal. Overturning a High Court decision, the Indian Supreme […]

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10 July 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Married

Yesterday, we had a paparazzi wedding ceremony at the Lutheran Church of Reformation in Washington D.C. It was nonetheless, lovely to share our love with so many people, including all our badass friends from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, and the same-sex binational couples from Immigration Equality who have so long been denied due process and equal protection […]

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27 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Post-DOMA – How Can LGBT Persons Benefit Under Current Immigration Laws?

With the Defense of Marriage Act dead, marriage equality provides more than 1,100 federal benefits previously unavailable to same-sex spouses. I’m pretty sure that is an undercount given I can think of a hundred different immigration benefits alone. There are more than 24,000 American same-sex binational couples, but the immigration consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike […]

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15 April 2013 ~ 0 Comments

How Pinkwashing Masks the Retrograde Effects of Immigration Reform

As the Senate gears up to introduce immigration reform bill, keep in mind what is not in the legislation. Justin Feldman and I co-wrote this piece after mutually observing the appropriation of queer undocumented youth and LGBT organizations for comprehensive immigration enforcement, a proposed reform that could exclude millions while ramping up militarization of the […]

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29 March 2013 ~ 1 Comment

How Queer Undocumented Youth Built the Immigrant Rights Movement

I don’t usually give a damn to what DC immigration groups do because ain’t nobody got time for that. That is true until someone tries to re-write my history. And that is precisely what straight, white, cisgender and clueless male Frank Sharry, who is best known for running several failed political campaigns, does in his […]

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09 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

CLE Report

I participated in the first Continuing Legal Education (CLE) of my life yesterday at the Golden Gate University Law School. I had not planned to speak at the event but one of my awesome speakers had a family emergency the morning of the event and we needed to fill the time for the 2-hour credit. […]

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26 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Emerging Issues for LGBT Immigrants, Asylees and Refugee Seekers CLE

I’ve been working on this for quite a while and will also have a practical comprehensive “know your rights” guide for everyone who attends the CLE, which focuses more on transgender issues. I worry that discourse around LGBT immigrants, refugee and asylum seekers is so U.S.-centric, so we’ll also speak to how other jurisdictions deal […]

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24 July 2011 ~ 6 Comments

Reading List: “I am A Terrorist”

I often have allies and well-intentioned people asking me what they should be reading and watching and while I am not interested in serving as a “portal” for anyone, I don’t think it hurts to list some of the things that catch my attention during a week. You are always free to send me your […]

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