Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. At the 50th anniversary March on Washington civil rights leaders and public officials speaking to commemorate the event highlighted the struggles for equality that all minorities and marginalized people, including the LGBT community, still face.
The estimated number of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers entering the United States each year is 4,000 and rising, said Max Niedzwiecki, leader of the LGBT Faith and Asylum Network, a national network dedicated to helping asylum seekers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. These numbers are estimates due to the sensitive nature of divulging one’s sexual orientation and the fact that no governmental agency in the United States tracks the issue.
Still, some asylum seekers are speaking out and making their cause known to the world.
Mourners gathered in Harlem on Thursday night to remember Islan Nettles, the 21-year-old transgender woman who was beaten to death last week. Nettles was walking with friends on August 17 when she was confronted by a group of men.
Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the National Action to Realize the Dream March today on the National Mall as part of the 50th Anniversary of MLK's March on Washington, noting that King's legacy and vision have expanded to include many others, including LGBT people.
Islan Nettles, a New York City transgender woman, has died after an attack on the early morning hours of August 17. Ms. Nettles was taken to Harlem Hospital for her injuries and, on Thursday, was taken off of life support and died.
A Department of Homeland Security employee who works on, among other things, the procurement of guns and ammunition for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spends his nights and weekends preparing for a coming race war and advocating for anti-gay causes, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Former state Democratic Party chair and prospective Santa Fe mayoral candidate Javier Gonzales posted in a blog today that he is gay.
Gonzales came out on the website Familia es Familia, which works to “build support among Latino communities for acceptance of gay and lesbian family members,” according to the site. The headline over the post is, “My Renewed Faith in Santa Fe.”