Fair Treatment for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers

Across the United States, people of all backgrounds are reacting with outrage in light of the Administration’s announcement that people who attempt to seek asylum outside of ports of entry will be denied the right to this protection. 

On Sunday, November 11th, an estimated 78 LGBTQ asylum seekers reached the United States border in hopes of escaping persecution in Central America. Originally traveling with a larger group from Honduras, they left the caravan after experiencing discrimination and threats from others. Many LGBTQ migrants were denied food and access to showers by caravan members or local groups providing aid. "There was no physical abuse but there was plenty of verbal abuse," a transgender woman told reporters, although she added it was nothing compared to the  reality of living as a transgender woman in her home country of Honduras. 

As they await the opportunity to begin the asylum process in Tijuana, the group continues to be targeted simply for being part of the LGBTQ community. They were met with anger from locals, who said they should have been warned by authorities that LGBTQ people would be staying in their neighborhood. 

Members of the group originate from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, and include a handful of children. Most plan to use their status as members of a persecuted class to request asylum in the U.S. as early as Thursday. 

Unfortunately, the government reacts to their plight with armed forces and threats of denying entry to begin the asylum process, essentially signing their death orders. LGBTQ people flee to the U.S. because they cannot live safely in their home countries. They are in danger of persecution, prosecution, imprisonment, blackmail, discrimination, torture, sexual assault and in some cases, death based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. 

If LGBTQ asylum seekers are granted the opportunity to have their case heard, they can be detained until trial, which may take months. In detention centers, transgender women are often housed with men or placed in solitary confinement. LGBTQ immigrants report high rates of sexual assault and abuse during their time in detention, and proper medical care is often denied. 

These asylum seekers have faced challenges and painful barriers in receiving equal treatment during every step of their journey. The undersigned LGBTQ Community Centers strongly support them in their quest for a better life and demand that they be treated fairly and equitably as they seek their legal right to asylum.

 

Adair Co. GLBT Resource Center 

ALSO Youth 

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center 

Center on Halsted 

Freedom House Detroit 

Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center 

GALA LGBTQ+ Center 

Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center 

Latino Equality Alliance 

LGBT Center OC 

LGBT Center of Central PA 

LGBT Center of Raleigh 

LGBT Detroit 

LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County 

Los Angeles LGBT Center 

North County LGBTQ Resource Center

one.n.ten

Open Arms Rape Crisis Center & LGBT+ Services 

Pride Center at Equality Park 

Pride Center San Antonio 

PRISM-Q, LGBT & Allies Resource Center 

Proud Haven Inc. 

Rainbow Center 

Resource Center 

Ruth Ellis Center 

Sacramento LGBT Community Center 

Safe Schools South Florida

San Francisco LGBT Center

Stonewall Coumbus

SunServe 

Tacoma Older LGBT 

The DC Center for the LGBT Community 

The Pride Center at Equality Park 

The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico 

Triangle Community Center

10 comments

  • RedLion York

    RedLion York Fort Collins, Co

    We need to work with LGBTQ asylum seekers to help move human society to a better place.

    We need to work with LGBTQ asylum seekers to help move human society to a better place.

  • Stephen Sollitto

    Stephen Sollitto Los Angeles CA

    We need to help these people in every way we can

    We need to help these people in every way we can

  • Gary Benecke

    Gary Benecke Dallas, TX

    Please remember that our sexual preference or our gender identity do not preclude us from being a human being just like everyone else in this world. We have the same needs and feelings to be loved, cared for and right to be heard just like every other human being in this world. In the end, it is all about equal rights for everyone!!!

    Please remember that our sexual preference or our gender identity do not preclude us from being a human being just like everyone else in this world. We have the same needs and feelings to be loved, cared for and right to be heard just like every other human being in this world. In the end, it is all about equal rights for everyone!!!

  • Teresa Gibbons

    Teresa Gibbons Florida

    They are coming in LEGALLY people. HELP them.

    They are coming in LEGALLY people. HELP them.

  • Mike Christian

    Mike Christian Denver

    Thank you community centers for your support of these asylum seekers and thank you also to the local centers in California providing direct legal support and basic needs support to the asylum seekers. This is an important cause for human rights and these people need to be treated with compassion and understanding, and be given support to make it into our country to gain freedom and a new start. Best wishes to them all and the others that are with them. I hope that our country can open up its heart and be accepting of all of them.

    Thank you community centers for your support of these asylum seekers and thank you also to the local centers in California providing direct legal support and basic needs support to the asylum seekers. This is an important cause for human rights and these people need to be treated with compassion and understanding, and be given support to make it into our country to gain freedom and a new start. Best wishes to them all and the others that are with them. I hope that our country can open up its heart and be accepting of all of them.

  • Reginald Brown

    Reginald Brown

    No one is illegal on stolen land.

    No one is illegal on stolen land.

  • Alyssa M.

    Alyssa M. Texas

    We have many asylum seekers in Texas too. Good to see some Texas centers on this list.

    We have many asylum seekers in Texas too. Good to see some Texas centers on this list.

  • Aaron Walker

    Aaron Walker Detroit MI

    I am glad our local LGBT center signed this. It is not as much of a problem as you can imagine here but I support the immigrants who seek asylum legally looking for something better. This is the land of the free and they deserve a chance too.

    I am glad our local LGBT center signed this. It is not as much of a problem as you can imagine here but I support the immigrants who seek asylum legally looking for something better. This is the land of the free and they deserve a chance too.

  • Lisa Tucker

    Lisa Tucker Florida

    This is a big issue and it's a human issue. People need to take note and take action. These are humans not animals. They deserve a chance to come here legally and have a better life.

    This is a big issue and it's a human issue. People need to take note and take action. These are humans not animals. They deserve a chance to come here legally and have a better life.

  • Mike

    Mike Colorado

    LGBTQ asylum seekers MUST be treated like human beings. There is NO acceptable reason for any of these HUMANS to be beaten, to be held under tortuous conditions, to be made to feel less than human. These people are seeking asylum because the conditions in their home countries are so awful that the only solution is to run and seek asylum. These asylum seekers are humans. They could be your loved ones. They could be you. Human is human. Enough with the awful conditions and treatment of these PEOPLE. The United States of America that I love and fight for MUST treat people fairly. It is who we are as a country. THIS HORRIFIC TREATMENT OF FELLOW HUMANS MUST STOP NOW!

    LGBTQ asylum seekers MUST be treated like human beings. There is NO acceptable reason for any of these HUMANS to be beaten, to be held under tortuous conditions, to be made to feel less than human. These people are seeking asylum because the conditions in their home countries are so awful that the only solution is to run and seek asylum. These asylum seekers are humans. They could be your loved ones. They could be you. Human is human. Enough with the awful conditions and treatment of these PEOPLE. The United States of America that I love and fight for MUST treat people fairly. It is who we are as a country. THIS HORRIFIC TREATMENT OF FELLOW HUMANS MUST STOP NOW!

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