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.
Ricardo Moreno and Arturo Avina, from Los Angeles, CA, have been partners for seven years and are waiting for Proposition 8 to be struck down so they can finally be legally married. When they met in 2006, the connection was immediate and they became nearly inseparable as their lives quickly intertwined. One year after meeting, Ricardo planned a surprise engagement party, and Arturo enthusiastically accepted Ricardo’s proposal in front of his friends and family.
Noemi Masliah, law partner at Masliah & Soloway, a founder of Immigration Equality, THE DOMA Project and former co-chair of Lambda Legal Defense is Cuban-born and a native Spanish speaker. She emigrated with her family from her birthplace in Havana, Cuba to the United States as a child and grew up in NYC. She attended Queens College and Yeshiva Univ. Cardozo Law School. Ms.
Sarah Toce & Stephanie Brusig were one of the first couples to get a marriage license when it became legal in Seattle at midnight December 6, 2012. They waited the mandatory 3 days and married legally in Washington State on December 9, 2012. Sarah is the founder and editor-in-chief of Seattle’s only lesbian-fronted magazine – The Seattle Lesbian.