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Coming out twice: a gay, undocumented Mexican-American goes to DC for the Prop 8 hearing

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Southern California Public Radio
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March 29, 2013

A gay, undocumented activist from Southern California was among the people who traveled to Washington DC this week for the Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage rights. Jorge Gutierrez says the coming out process came twice for him. "One, I came out as gay to my mother when I was 15 years and had an amazing and beautiful experience with her and my family being very loving and accepting of me. And then coming out as undocumented during my senior year in high school, and that was more painful and difficult for me." More painful, he says, because he knew many more doors would close to someone who’s undocumented, compared to someone who is gay.