Rosa Manríquez is the mother of two lesbian daughters, one of whom married before Proposition 8 was established, grandmother, and a longtime member of the Southeast Los Angeles community. She is also a leader in her church, Immaculate Heart of Mary. She wishes to see her two daughters married. She can talk about support in faith communities for LGBT people. Available in English and Spanish.
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Sara Train is of Bolivian descent. She and Kris met in Honduras when both were doing a social work project for six months. They each went back to their respective states but reunited soon after in California. They’ve been together for seven years and recently got engaged. They are very much looking forward to marrying soon. Sara is Coordinator of Project SPIN, focused on suicide prevention at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. (Available in English or Spanish)
Felipe Sousa-Rodríguez is undocumented and gay, a leader in the immigrant rights movement, and currently the Field Director for Get Equal, an LGBT civil rights organization. Felipe was born in the slums of Brazil to a single mother and came to the U.S. at the age of 14. In 2012, he married his partner of 4 years, Juan Rodríguez, in a beautiful ceremony in Miami, FL followed by their legal marriage in Boston, MA.
Lillian Rivera has dedicated her career to addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth and is very passionate about how her community has been impacted by HIV/AIDS. She currently serves as the director of after-school services at the Hetrick-Martin Institute and has been with the organization for nine years. Her most important role is being mom to Olivia and wife to Elsa. She can speak on what marriage equality means to families like hers. (Available in English or Spanish)
Lilia Garcia and Kelley Brower, of Los Angeles, CA, have been together for 7 years, and married right before the 2008 election. Lilia is executive director of a janitorial watchdog organization and Kelley is a nurse and a teacher. She has a 19 year old son named Sam. Lilia's mother cares for the couple's 2-year-old daughter while they work. Both Lilia and Kelley enjoy incredible support from both of our families. (Available in English or Spanish)
George Constantinou and Farid Ali-Lancheros and have been in a relationship for over 10 years. They both own and run a Colombian restaurant together in Brooklyn, and their families are very supportive of them. In 2011, Farid and George became fathers to twins and in August 2012 they got married. They can speak to what marriage equality would mean to a family just starting out like theirs.
The Rev. Dr. Jorge Delgado is a member of the Public Policy Commitee in the national offices of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), as well as, volunteer clergy in Spanish Outreach Ministries in Washington, D.C. Rev. Delgado provides leadership in the Global Justice Ministries of the Metropolitan Community Churches and the National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN). Jorge was ordained in the Metropolitan Community Churches in 1996. He has led organizing efforts in the passing of the same-sex marriage in Maryland and in Washington, D.C.
Richard Adams and Anthony “Tony” Sullivan are pioneers in the LGBT marriage and immigrant rights community. In 1975, Richard and Tony were one of six same-sex couples to be legally married in Boulder, CO. Because Tony was an Australian citizen, Richard filed for a green card based on their marriage.
The Reverend Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. is Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. She is ordained in the Presbyterian USA Church. She has been adjunct professor at Union Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Her Ph.D. is in psychology and religion. Leading to the New York State Senate vote on marriage equality in 2011, Rev.